Sinemet (Levodopa / Carbidopa)
What is Sinemet (Levodopa / Carbidopa) used for?
Sinemet (Levodopa/Carbidopa) is a combination of medication prescribed for the treatment of Parkinson`s disease. The medication operates by boosting dopamine levels in the brain to prevent symptoms associated with this condition including tremors, muscle stiffness, or difficulty walking. Your doctor may also prescribe this medication to be taken along with others to get the most effective results from treatment.
How should I use Sinemet (Levodopa / Carbidopa)?
Sinemet (Levodopa/Carbidopa) should be used according to your doctor`s instructions to get the best results from treatment. One tablet is normally administered three or four times each day at a dosage of one tablet, but your particular directions will depend on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a full cup of water and may be taken with or without food. A meal or snack my be recommended prior to use if you experience nausea. Never chew, split, or crush the tablets before use as this may destroy or change the effects of their contents. Ask your doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Sinemet (Levodopa / Carbidopa)?
Some patients using Sinemet (Levodopa/Carbidopa) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are fever, flu symptoms, severe nausea or vomiting, severe muscle tremors, irregular heartbeats, chest pain, difficulty breathing, hallucinations, or seizures. Contact your doctor as soon as any unusual or worrying symptoms occur to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your application frequency or dosage to stop further complications from occurring.
Sinemet (Levodopa/Carbidopa) should not be used by patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, children under the age of eighteen, or who have closed angle glaucoma, unexplained skin lesions, malignant melanoma, severe psychotic illnesses, or who have taken an MAOI medication within the last two weeks. It is also important to inform your doctor if you have diabetes, asthma, a history of peptic ulcers, a history of seizures, severe lung disease, open angle glaucoma, severe cardiovascular disease, an abnormal heart rhythm following a heart attack, endocrine disorders, kidney disease, or liver disease. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Sinemet (Levodopa/Carbidopa) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Sinemet (Levodopa/Carbidopa) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.