A patient is prescribed levodopa for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. The nurse should assess the patient for which side effect?

Psychosis

Explanation

•Levodopa (L-Dopa) is a dopaminergic medication. It increases the amount of dopamine in the brain, which helps relieve Parkinson's symptoms but can also cause psychosis.

•Antipsychotics generally reduce dopamine levels in the brain, which can cause Parkinson-like symptoms.

•The side effects of dopaminergic medications include psychosis, nausea, dizziness, postural hypotension, constipation, and dry mouth.

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