I have been taking carbidopa levodopa for almost 2 years and i doing great. The side effects at first were bad. Uncontrolled movements, no sleep, muscle spasms, every day and night drove me crazy. But i did not take less i just tough it out. They got less and less as time went on and i was able to increase my dose and today i take only carbidopa levodopa (6 50/200 er and 6 25/100 a day) and 1 6 mg requip. I took Azilect for 10 years and stopped. I was having major depression and bad mood swings and i stopped Azilect and my emotions are back to normal.
I am 62 10 years with PD and doing great.