levo·​do·​pa ˌle-və-ˈdō-pə How to pronounce levodopa (audio)
: l-dopa

Examples of levodopa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 31 who remained were assigned to one of two groups, one taking levodopa and one taking a placebo. Ellen Barry, New York Times, 11 Aug. 2023 However, some levodopa medications also contain carbidopa, which can counteract the interaction.4 Vitamin K and blood-thinning medications. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 25 May 2023 Here are a few possible interactions to be aware of: Vitamin B6 and levodopa. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 25 May 2023 Taking vitamin B6 with levodopa, a medication for Parkinson’s disease, can reduce the medication’s effectiveness. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 25 May 2023 Since the 1960s, the gold-standard treatment for the disease has been the drug levodopa, also known as L-dopa, a dopamine precursor that can cross the blood-brain barrier. Dan Hurley, Discover Magazine, 4 Feb. 2014 Consider the case of levodopa (L-dopa), a mainstay of treating Parkinson's disease. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2020 Why patients could still walk but not swim made the researchers wonder if DBS affects the brain in a different way than levodopa does. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 29 Nov. 2019 Within an hour of taking the levodopa, Boylan’s eyes converged and the vision problem cleared. David Armstrong, ProPublica, 23 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of levodopa was in 1969

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“Levodopa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/levodopa. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or British laevodopa
: l-dopa
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