carbidopa, entacapone, and levodopa (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
- What is carbidopa, entacapone, and levodopa (Stalevo 100, Stalevo 125, Stalevo 150, Stalevo 200, Stalevo 50, Stalevo 75)?
- What are the possible side effects of carbidopa, entacapone, and levodopa?
- What is the most important information I should know about carbidopa, entacapone, and levodopa?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking carbidopa, entacapone, and levodopa?
- How should I take carbidopa, entacapone, and levodopa?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking carbidopa, entacapone, and levodopa?
- What other drugs will affect carbidopa, entacapone, and levodopa?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose symptoms may include weakness, loss of coordination, trouble breathing, fainting, or seizure (convulsions).
What should I avoid while taking carbidopa, entacapone, and levodopa?
Carbidopa, entacapone, and levodopa may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert. Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.
Avoid taking iron supplements or eating a diet that is high in protein (protein sources include meat, eggs, and cheese). These things can make it harder for your body to digest and absorb carbidopa, entacapone, and levodopa.
What other drugs will affect carbidopa, entacapone, and levodopa?
Cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety can add to sleepiness caused by carbidopa, entacapone, and levodopa. Tell your doctor if you regularly use any of these other medicines, or any other Parkinson's medications.
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- apomorphine (Apokyn);
- cholestyramine (Prevalite, Questran);
- dobutamine (Dobutrex);
- epinephrine (Epi-Pen, and others);
- isoniazid (for treating tuberculosis);
- isoproterenol (Isuprel, Medihaler-Iso);
- methyldopa (Aldomet);
- metoclopramide (Reglan);
- papaverine (Pavabid, Papacon, Pavagen, Pavacot);
- phenytoin (Dilantin);
- probenecid (Benemid);
- blood pressure medication;
- an antibiotic such as ampicillin, chloramphenicol, erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin, Pediazole, and others), or rifampin (Rifadin, Rifater, Rifamate);
- an antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Vanatrip, Limbitrol), doxepin (Sinequan), imipramine (Janimine, Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), and others; or
- medicines to treat psychiatric disorders, such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), haloperidol (Haldol), prochlorperazine (Compazine), risperidone (Risperdal), and others.
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with carbidopa, entacapone, and levodopa. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about carbidopa, entacapone, and levodopa.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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