GENERIC NAME: carbidopa-levodopa
BRAND NAME: Sinemet, Sinemet CR, Parcopa
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
USES: Carbidopa-levodopa is used for the management of Parkinson's disease.
SIDE EFFECTS: Most patients receiving carbidopa-levodopa experience side effects, but these usually are reversible.
Gastrointestinal side effects are common in patients receiving carbidopa-levodopa and these include:
Other important side effects of carbidopa-levodopa therapy include:
- memory loss,
- inability to sleep,
- daytime tiredness,
- mental depression or
Occasional involuntary movements are the most common of the serious side effects of carbidopa-levodopa therapy, and these are:
- muscle twitching,
- muscle jerks during sleep,
- hand tremor,
- tongue or
- mouth movements,
- head bobbing, or
- movements of the feet, hands, or shoulder which may respond to a reduction in the dose.
Infrequently, patients may develop a drop in white blood cell count during carbidopa-levodopa therapy. This is a significant reason to temporarily, if not permanently, stop treatment.
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