benserazide with levodopa-oral capsule, tablet
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.
PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor if you have: unexplained skin spots, kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, ulcers or other stomach problems, glaucoma, psychiatric illness, depression, any allergies. This medication may cause drowsiness. Use caution operating machinery or engaging in activities requiring alertness. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this medication appears in breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including: methyldopa, reserpine, drugs to treat schizophrenia, antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, phenytoin. Limit alcohol intake while taking this medication. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include irregular heartbeat and muscle spasms.
NOTES: Laboratory tests will be done periodically while taking this medication to monitor its effectiveness and prevent side effects.
MISSED DOSE: Try to take each dose at the scheduled time. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store this medication at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.
MEDICAL ALERT: Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).
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