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CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA

The combination of levodopa and carbidopa is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and Parkinson's-like symptoms that may develop after encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or injury to the nervous system caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese poisoning. Parkinson's symptoms, including tremors (shaking), stiffness, and slowness of movement, are caused by a lack of dopamine, a natural substance usually found in the brain. Levodopa is in a class of medications called central nervous system agents. It works by being converted to dopamine in the brain. Carbidopa is in a class of medications called decarboxylase inhibitors. It works by preventing levodopa from being broken down before it reaches the brain. This allows for a lower dose of levodopa, which causes less nausea and vomiting. Source: National Library of Medicine

At a Glance: This Drug in 2013

2.57M
Medicare Part D Claims

Rank: 120 of 3238

$99.8M
Retail Cost

Rank: 212 of 3238

405,613
Patients

Rank: 176 of 3238

121,985
Prescribers

Rank: 202 of 3238

Use by state

State Patients Claims Cost
California 45,273 264,429 $11.7M
New York 29,101 189,844 $7.59M
Florida 30,491 173,846 $6.5M
Texas 24,950 142,494 $5.18M
Pennsylvania 20,910 141,306 $5.15M
Ohio 18,466 111,215 $5.05M
Illinois 16,076 100,627 $4M
Michigan 14,602 80,336 $3.44M
North Carolina 12,055 74,944 $2.64M
Missouri 10,572 67,917 $2.69M
New Jersey 10,966 66,211 $2.71M
Tennessee 10,314 65,355 $2.2M
Wisconsin 9,135 61,675 $2.49M
Georgia 9,795 59,601 $2.14M
Indiana 9,552 56,856 $2.14M
Minnesota 9,043 54,991 $2.78M
Massachusetts 8,451 54,976 $2.21M
Washington 8,303 49,214 $1.87M
Virginia 8,016 48,255 $1.96M
Alabama 7,640 45,384 $1.43M
Arizona 8,363 44,635 $1.93M
Iowa 6,258 44,466 $1.51M
Kentucky 7,305 44,330 $1.6M
Oregon 6,663 40,626 $1.67M
Kansas 4,884 32,888 $1.27M
Arkansas 5,092 32,517 $979K
Colorado 5,595 32,022 $1.36M
Connecticut 4,547 30,067 $1.12M
Louisiana 4,965 29,854 $950K
Oklahoma 4,958 29,292 $985K
Maryland 5,076 27,916 $1.26M
South Carolina 4,707 27,764 $983K
Mississippi 3,673 23,169 $613K
Nebraska 3,255 22,982 $761K
West Virginia 3,182 19,701 $629K
Utah 2,604 14,114 $599K
Maine 2,339 13,862 $593K
South Dakota 1,794 13,121 $487K
Nevada 2,337 13,053 $464K
New Mexico 2,300 12,629 $512K
Rhode Island 1,680 12,274 $435K
Idaho 1,890 11,388 $364K
North Dakota 1,634 11,382 $489K
New Hampshire 1,569 9,513 $403K
Montana 1,301 8,118 $245K
Hawaii 1,362 7,764 $313K
Vermont 846 5,191 $208K
Delaware 988 4,998 $224K
District of Columbia 762 3,387 $185K
Alaska 324 2,776 $69.5K
Wyoming 407 2,686 $88K
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients Methodology »

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Top prescribers for CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA

Provider Medicare Claims City State
MATTHEW ARNOLD M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled677

INGLEWOOD

California

JOHN ROBERTS MD

Neurology

Claims Filled672

SEATTLE

Washington

VIRENDRA RANADIVE MD

Neurology

Claims Filled671

FAYETTEVILLE

Georgia

MATTHEW BOYCE M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled671

RICHMOND

Virginia

FELIX ZWIEBEL M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled670

EDINA

Minnesota

ROBERT PEARLSTEIN D.O.

Geriatric Medicine

Claims Filled666

EAST NORRITON

Pennsylvania

STEWART FACTOR D.O.

Neurology

Claims Filled666

ATLANTA

Georgia

SAKSHI BAJAJ MD

Neurology

Claims Filled663

MARSHFIELD

Wisconsin

DYVEKE PRATT MD

Neurology

Claims Filled663

PEORIA

Illinois

SOTIRIOS PARASHOS M.D., PH.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled662

EDINA

Minnesota

LAURA BUYAN DENT M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled662

MADISON

Wisconsin

VALERIE SUSKI DO

Neurology

Claims Filled661

PITTSBURGH

Pennsylvania

AIKATERINI MARKOPOULOU M.D., PH.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled660

GLENVIEW

Illinois

THERESA ZESIEWICZ MD

Neurology

Claims Filled659

TAMPA

Florida

NATIVIDAD STOVER MD

Neurology

Claims Filled653

BIRMINGHAM

Alabama

WILLIAM GARRETT M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled648

SAVANNAH

Georgia

GARY LEO D.O

Neurology

Claims Filled643

MILWAUKEE

Wisconsin

SALIMA BRILLMAN MD

Psychiatry

Claims Filled643

MIAMI

Florida

AMANDA AVILA MD

Neurology

Claims Filled642

FORT MYERS

Florida

JOSEPH JANKOVIC M.D.

Neurology

Claims Filled642

HOUSTON

Texas

EDWARD DRASBY D.O.

Neurology

Claims Filled642

SCARBOROUGH

Maine

CHRISTOPHER GOETZ MD

Neurology

Claims Filled641

CHICAGO

Illinois

JOHN GOUDREAU D.O.

Neurology

Claims Filled640

EAST LANSING

Michigan

HENRY MOORE MD

Neurology

Claims Filled640

MIAMI

Florida

LAWRENCE GOLBE MD

Neurology

Claims Filled638

NEW BRUNSWICK

New Jersey