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 Levodopa pill can wear off, but a powdered version can come to the rescue, study finds.      

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — An inhaled version of the Parkinson’s drug levodopa can help when patients experience symptoms between doses of the pill form of the medication, a new, small study finds.

Levodopa can control the tremors, rigidity and difficulty maintaining balance and coordination associated with Parkinson’s disease. However, within two years, as many as half of all patients have rapid and unexpected loss of motor control during “off” periods, when the drug wears off between doses, the researchers explained.

“Off periods are considered one of the greatest unmet medical needs in the treatment of Parkinson’s, and typically increase in frequency during the course of the disease,” said lead researcher Michael Lipp. He is vice president of pharmaceutical development and technical operations at Acorda Therapeutics, the drug’s maker and funder of the study.

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