carbidopa/levodopa/entacapone - oral, Stalevo
GENERIC NAME: CARBIDOPA/LEVODOPA/ENTACAPONE - ORAL (KAR-bi-DOE-pa/LEE-vo-DOE-pa/en-TAK-a-pone)
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.The manufacturer directs not to split, crush, or chew the tablet because taking it this way can cause staining of the mouth, dentures, and saliva. See also Side Effects.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. 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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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