Although Parkinson’s drugs are considered safe, they can cause side effects. Some of these medications can also interact with other drugs you take.

Below is a list of common drug treatments for Parkinson’s disease, and their possible side effects.

Levodopa increases levels of the chemical dopamine in your brain. A lack of dopamine is what causes the jerky movements and other symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Levodopa is usuallycombined with carbidopa, and it comes in both long-acting and short-acting forms (Rytary, Parcopa, Stalevo).