carbidopa-levodopa

This medicine is an antidyskinetic combination used for treating symptoms associated with Parkinson disease and parkinsonism-like symptoms caused by other conditions. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

This medicine is an antidyskinetic combination used for treating symptoms associated with Parkinson disease and parkinsonism-like symptoms caused by other conditions. It may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
CAUTIONS: DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE IF you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine. Lab tests may be performed while you use this medicine. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LAB APPOINTMENTS. THIS MEDICINE MAY INTERFERE WITH CERTAIN LAB TESTS. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking this medicine. BEFORE YOU RECEIVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL CARE, EMERGENCY CARE, OR SURGERY, tell your doctor or dentist that you take this medicine. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE DROWSINESS, DIZZINESS, OR LIGHTHEADEDNESS. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use this medicine with caution. DO NOT DRIVE OR PERFORM OTHER POSSIBLY UNSAFE TASKS until you know how you react to it. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE DIZZINESS, LIGHTHEADEDNESS, OR FAINTING; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects. DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL OR USE MEDICINES that may cause drowsiness while you are using this medicine; it may add to their effects. NEUROLEPTIC MALIGNANT SYNDROME (NMS) is a possibly fatal syndrome that can be caused by this medicine. Symptoms may include fever; stiff muscles; confusion; abnormal thinking; fast or irregular heartbeat; and sweating. Contact your doctor at once if you have any of these symptoms. Patients with Parkinson disease may have an increased risk of developing a certain type of skin cancer (melanoma). It is not known if this medicine also increases the risk of melanoma. You may need to have skin exams while you are using this medicine. TELL YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU NOTICE ANY UNUSUAL SKIN GROWTHS or a change in the appearance of a mole. SOME PEOPLE HAVE EXPERIENCED NEW, UNUSUAL, OR INCREASED URGES (eg, gambling, sexual urges) while using this medicine. Tell your doctor right away if you notice such effects. GRADUALLY INCREASE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AS YOUR SYMPTOMS IMPROVE. A DARK COLOR (red, brown, or black) may appear in your saliva, urine, or sweat after taking this medicine. This is not harmful. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINES, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. USE THIS MEDICINE WITH CAUTION IN THE ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU BECOME PREGNANT, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant. IT IS NOT KNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS FOUND in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby. DIABETES PATIENTS: This medicine may cause false test results with some urine glucose or urine ketone tests. Check with your doctor before adjusting the dose of your diabetes medicine or changing your diet.
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