Dale & Cindy Video - Transcript

TEXT ON-SCREEN and narrator:

DUOPA enteral suspension is a prescription medicine used for treatment of advanced Parkinson’s disease.

Do not use DUOPA if you take or have taken a nonselective monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor within the last 2 weeks.

DUOPA can cause serious side effects, including stomach or intestine problems, and problems from the procedure. Please watch the end of the video for additional important safety information.


Dale was on prescribed DUOPA therapy at the time of providing a testimonial.

Changes in therapy may have occurred since that time.

Individual results may vary.

Please see accompanying full Prescribing Information, including Medication Guide, at: https://www.rxabbvie.com/pdf/duopa_pi.pdf


I would say, when I think of my life story, when it’s all said and done, I want people to remember that I was a fighter.

Over the course of my career, I did a lot of things for the Air Force including Battle Management Technician, Aircraft Electrician, Medical Service Corps Officer, and contracting specialist.

I finally retired from my civilian job in 2012, right at the time I got diagnosed with Parkinson’s.





So, I was like, “Welcome to retirement, you got Parkinson’s Disease.”

What I remember about sitting there, I got out of the car and just cried for about 5 minutes.


When Dale was initially diagnosed it actually affected both of us very emotionally.





But within a short period of time, I saw him take something that was frightening and make it positive.

He set up this amazing support group.


The way you react when life hits you with things, it does define you as a human being. There’s some wonderful people out there that I met in the support group that ... it’s cut them down in their prime of life and I just hate to see that. I feel like I need to be strong for everybody in the group to give others hope.

My doctor first started prescribing for me the carbidopa-levodopa and for a long time, when I took those pills, it felt like I didn’t have Parkinson’s. And as time wore on, I was taking 36 pills a day. So, my day was just ups and downs you know, it’s completely exhausting.

We looked at other options for treatment.

I got hooked up with the Duopa and it’s been awesome. Parkinson’s slowed me down in that area, but it hasn’t stopped me. I get back to my antiques and my tinkering that I like to do. When we decided to get involved in boxing, Cindy got certified and now she’s my coach.

I look forward to the next days, the sun shining. And I look forward to being with Cindy, every day.


He’s written a book and it talks about people with Parkinson’s disease.


I'm quite proud of it, it’s a thriller.

The overall message of the book is that it gives people hope.


When the impact of disease is unthinkable for patients, it is up to AbbVie to change their stories and to commit to supporting our patients.

Redefine Unthinkable.

It’s time to change course with Duopa.

Talk to your doctor to see if Duopa is right for you.

TEXT ON-SCREEN and narrator:

Do not use DUOPA if you take or have taken a nonselective monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor within the last 2 weeks.

Stomach or intestine problems and problems from the procedure you will need to have to receive DUOPA may occur; some of these may require surgery and may lead to death.

Tell your healthcare provider about:

  • stomach pain
  • constipation that does not go away
  • nausea or vomiting
  • fever
  • blood in your stool (dark tarry stool)

DUOPA can cause other serious side effects such as:

  • falling asleep during normal daily activities without warning
  • low blood pressure when you stand or sit up quickly
  • seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not real
  • unusual urges
  • new or worsening depression or thoughts of suicide
  • new or worsened uncontrolled sudden movements
  • progressive weakness, numbness, or loss of sensation in your fingers or feet
  • heart attack or other heart problems (increased blood pressure, a fast or irregular heartbeat, or chest pain)
  • changes in certain blood tests, especially certain hormone and kidney function blood tests
  • worsening of the increased pressure in your eyes (glaucoma)

Suddenly stopping or changing the DUOPA dose may cause withdrawal symptoms such as fever, confusion, or severe muscle stiffness.

The most common side effects of DUOPA include:

  • complications of tubing placement procedure
  • swelling of legs and feet
  • nausea
  • high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • depression
  • and mouth and throat pain


Please see accompanying full Prescribing Information, including Medication Guide, at https://www.rxabbvie.com/pdf/duopa_pi.pdf