With the hope of maintaining my exercise routine, I have begun taking 25/100 sinemet. I was diagnosed in May, 2018, and my symptoms began approximately 6 months before that.
My neurologist told me to begin with 1/2 pill the first week three times per day. If that isn't sufficient, increase to a full pill three times per day the second week. If that still isn't sufficient, increase to 1 1/2 pills three times per week during the 3rd week. I have a follow up appointment in 4 weeks. I think this is a fairly standard initial prescription.
I know we are all different and very few of you are doctors. Nonetheless, my question is how do I know what is sufficient? So far, the 1/2 pill three times daily seems very slightly helpful, but only slightly. Obviously, I want to stick with the lowest dose possible for fear of dykinesia, BUT I don't know how much better I can reasonably expect to feel.
I have 2 questions:
1. Should I expect to feel totally symptom free on my ideal dose at this early stage?
2. Should I worry about dyskinesia if I settle at 1 1/2 pills of Sinemet three times per day?