"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"...
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CARBIDOPA/LEVODOPA/ENTACAPONE - ORAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Stalevo
USES: This combination medication is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Parkinson's disease is believed to be due to a lack of an important chemical (dopamine) in the brain. Levodopa is converted into dopamine in the brain, leading to the relief of Parkinson's disease symptoms. Both carbidopa and entacapone are given with levodopa to increase the amount of levodopa that is converted into dopamine.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth exactly as prescribed. Do not increase the dose or take more frequently without consulting your doctor.
Take only one tablet for each dose. Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, chew, or split the tablet. Doing so may cause you to get the wrong dose and also cause staining of the mouth, dentures, and saliva. See also Side Effects section.
It is best to avoid a high protein diet (decreases the amount of levodopa that your body takes in) during treatment, unless directed otherwise by your doctor. Separate your dose of this medication as many hours as possible from any iron supplements or products containing iron (such as multivitamins with minerals) you may take. Iron can reduce the amount of carbidopa and levodopa available to the body. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
The dosage is based on your medical condition, previous drug therapy, response to therapy, and side effects if they occur.
Some patients may experience a "wearing-off" (worsening of symptoms) before the next dose is due. An "on-off" effect might also occur, in which sudden short periods of stiffness occur. If these effects occur, contact your doctor for possible dose adjustments that may help to lessen this effect.
Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day.
If symptoms worsen while using this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
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