"The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an extended-release capsule formulation of carbidopa-levodopa (Rytary, IPX066, Impax Pharmaceuticals) for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD), postencephalitic parkinsonism, an"...
Sinemet Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is carbidopa and levodopa (Sinemet)?
- What are the possible side effects of carbidopa and levodopa (Sinemet)?
- What is the most important information I should know about carbidopa and levodopa (Sinemet)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking carbidopa and levodopa (Sinemet)?
- How should I take carbidopa and levodopa (Sinemet)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Sinemet)?
- What happens if I overdose (Sinemet)?
- What should I avoid while taking carbidopa and levodopa (Sinemet)?
- What other drugs will affect carbidopa and levodopa (Sinemet)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Sinemet)?
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 (Sinemet)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose can cause uneven heart rate.
What should I avoid while taking carbidopa and levodopa (Sinemet)?
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 and levodopa. Talk with your doctor or nutrition counselor about the best foods to eat while you are taking this medication.
If you are unsure of how this medicine will affect you, be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
What other drugs will affect carbidopa and levodopa (Sinemet)?
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- other Parkinson's medications;
- metoclopramide (Reglan);
- isoniazid (Nydrazid);
- phenytoin (Dilantin);
- papaverine (Pavabid, Papacon, Pavagen, Pavacot);
- blood pressure medication;
- an antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Vanatrip), doxepin (Sinequan), 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 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 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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