Levodopa-Carbidopa Intestinal Gel Pharmacokinetics: Lower Variability than Oral Levodopa-Carbidopa
: In a double-blind, double-dummy, double-titration Phase 3 trial in advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, the efficacy and safety of Levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) infusion were characterized relative to immediate-release oral levodopa-carbidopa (LC-oral) treatment. We present in this report the comparative pharmacokinetic profiles of LCIG and LC-oral from this pivotal study. The results presented in this report clearly demonstrate that LCIG results in lower variability and fluctuations in levodopa and carbidopa plasma concentrations compared to LC-oral. The superior pharmacokinetic profiles with LCIG were consistent with its improved efficacy compared to LC-oral as demonstrated in this study.