Parkinson’s Medications

Another Option for Managing Advanced Parkinson’s Disease

If you have motor fluctuations due to advanced Parkinson’s disease, make an appointment with a MedStar Georgetown neurologist or movement disorder specialist to find out if you are a candidate for Duopa.

What is Duopa (carbidopa and levodopa)?

Duopa is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of motor fluctuations in advanced Parkinson’s disease. Duopa contains two medicines: carbidopa and levodopa. Duopa is not a pill. It’s a suspension form of carbidopa and levodopa. Duopa is delivered continuously by a pump through a tube into your intestine for up to 16 hours.

How does Duopa work?

Duopa provides patients with the same active ingredient as oral carbidopa and levodopa, but in suspension form. It is administered directly into the small intestine, bypassing the stomach, through a procedurally-placed tube connected to a portable infusion pump, which delivers a 16-hour, continuous dose of carbidopa and levodopa.

By providing a 16-hour, continuous flow of medication directly to the intestines, where it is absorbed, Duopa may help maintain a continuous supply of carbidopa and levodopa.

A physician must program the pump to customize the dose to each individual patient. Find out if Duopa is right for you. Make an appointment today.