GENERIC NAME: BENSERAZIDE WITH LEVODOPA - ORAL CAPSULE, TABLET (ben-SAIR-uh-zide WITH lee-voh-DOE-puh)
USES: This medication is used in the treatment of Parkinson's syndrome.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth exactly as prescribed. This is best taken with or just after meals. Because this medication has a bitter taste, swallow the capsules whole. Do not crush or chew the tablets. Your dose may be adjusted frequently during the first few weeks based on your response. Follow dosing instructions closely. Do not increase your dose or take this more often without your doctor's approval.
SIDE EFFECTS: Notify your doctor if you develop involuntary or abnormal movements such as muscle twitching or blinking or have difficulty moving while taking this drug. Flushing, headache, hand tremor, stomach upset, dry mouth, hiccups, blurred vision, change in sexual desire, weight changes, sweating and moodiness may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: skin rash, mental/mood changes, rapid or abnormal heartbeat, chest pain, dizziness, trouble swallowing, dark urine, fever, abnormal and uncontrolled movements of the face or mouth. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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