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How to stop taking Sinemet

11/28/2007

Question:

a good number of years ago, my doctor put me on sinemet to treat restless leg syndrone. I am and been for about a month also taking Requip for RLS. How can I safely quit the sinemet. Thanks

Answer:

Generally, this forum is for Parkinson's disease. However, Sinemet is used to treat Parkinson's disease as well. Stopping this medication abruptly is typically avoided, and a schedule to wean off this medication needs to be individualized for every patient. Unfortunately, I cannot provide you with individual advise regarding this matter, but I suggest you contact the physician who prescribed the Sinemet to discuss a safe weaning schedule.

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Response by:

Punit  Agrawal, DO Punit Agrawal, DO
Assistant Professor of Neurology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University