Yes, levodopa -- arguably the world's most infamous anti-antipsychotic. Yes indeed, legal home psychopharmacology has reached a new low. Just when I think the quacks can't get any more outrageous...
For those of you who don't understand my reaction, levodopa, also known as L-dopa, is a particularly infamous anti-Parkinson's drug and the basis of Dr. Oliver Sacks's well-known book, "Awakenings". It is an extremely potent drug with a host of known side effects which include (but are not limited to):
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Disorientation and confusion
- Auditory and visual hallucinations
- Drowsiness and narcolepsy
- A condition which strongly resembles stimulant psychosis
- Hair loss
- Emotional effects (it tends to make emotions more "extreme" or "vivid", which wouldn't be such a bad thing if anxiety and libido weren't the aspects most notably/commonly amplified).
- Cardiac arrhythmia
And then there are the effects of chronic use. This is not a safe drug.
And yet people are selling it as a dietary supplement, completely absent any sort of real regulation. Thank you very much, DHSEA.