What is Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone used for?
Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease, including muscle stiffness, poor balance, and tremors. This medicine is a combination of three drugs: Carbidopa, Levodopa, and Entacapone. It works by increasing the amount of dopamine in the brain. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone?
The dosage of Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone can be taken with or without food.
What if you miss a dose of Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone can interact with MAOIs and tricyclic antidepressants.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone?
Like other medicines, Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone can cause side effects such as diarrhea, headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and dry mouth. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone?
Is it possible for me to take Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone?
What are the possible drug interactions of Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone?
How will Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone work in my body?
How should Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Carbidopa–Levodopa–Entacapone is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.