levodopa-oral, Dopar, Larodopa (cont.)

SIDE EFFECTS: May cause drowsiness, dizziness, headache, loss of appetite, stomach upset, nausea, vision changes, unusual body odor or trembling of the hands. These should subside as your body adjusts to the medication. If these symptoms persist or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: vomiting, difficulty swallowing, difficulty urinating, uncontrollable movements (especially twitching of the eyelid), chest pain, irregular heartbeat, skin rash, mood or mental changes. May cause darkening of the urine or sweat. This is not harmful and will disappear when the medication is stopped. May cause dizziness especially when rising quickly from a seated or lying position. Change positions slowly and be careful on stairs. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: This medication can cause false result in urine glucose testing in diabetes. TesTape should be used to test urine for accurate results. Tell your doctor if you have: glaucoma, history of skin cancer, breathing problems, heart disease, kidney disease, liver problems, endocrine disease, ulcers, a history of depression, blood disorders. This drug should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Levodopa appears in breast milk. Do not take this medication if you are breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: This medication should not be taken if you are taking MAOIs (e.g., furazolidone, phenelzine, selegiline, tranylcypromine). MAOIs should be discontinued for 2 weeks before taking levodopa. Persons taking levodopa should not take vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) since this vitamin can reduce levodopa's effects. Vitamin products may contain pyridoxine. Tell your doctor of all drugs you may use, both prescription and nonprescription. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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