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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Should Carbidopa Levodopa be weaned off while suffering from dementia?

Hi took my mom to neurologist today to get results of a scan she had on her head and he said she has frontaltemporal dimentia. She has been taking carbidopa levodopa for 7 years cause at first they said she had Parkinson’s. Dr said I can just stop cold turkey giving her carbidopa levodopa she gets 2 a day do you think I should wein her off?
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

First of all I do not think carbidopa levodopa can be given to a person without parkinson disease over the last seven years. If your doctor thinks that he can diagnose front temporal dementia just with a scan I feel he has not done the required neurological examination.

In my opinion she need complete neurological examination before deciding in favour of parkinson disease or front temporal dementia or otherwise.

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