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Carbidopa (Overview)

Dopamine is a necessary neurotransmitter in the basal ganglia of our brains, and in parkinson's, there is a deficiency. We supplement l-dopa, to replace, but since the body might break down our oral med, we add Carbidopa which prolongs the benefit until the next dose.


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What are dangers for using carbidopa at the age of 50?

What are dangers for using carbidopa at the age of 50?

Not dangerous per se: I presume you mean using sinemet, (carbidopa and levodopa) which is a combination of Carbidopa and levodopa, for parkinson disease. There are no inherent dangers with using this medicine. If, however, the patient is on high doses, the patient will likely develop dyskinesias which are "excess" movements of the patient. Most patients prefer dyskinesias to being frozen, but sometimes the movements can be extreme. ...Read more

Carbidopa (Overview)

Dopamine is a necessary neurotransmitter in the basal ganglia of our brains, and in parkinson's, there is a deficiency. We supplement l-dopa, to replace, but since the body might break down our oral med, we add Carbidopa which prolongs the benefit until the next dose.


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How does the drug carbidopa work?

How does the drug carbidopa work?

Blocks breakdown: Carbidopa acts to block the enzyme aromatic-l-amino-acid decarboxylase which converts l-dopa to dopamine. Since it cannot get into the brain it works in the rest of the body (periphery). When given in combination with l-dopa in parkinson's disease, it inhibits the conversion of l-dopa to Dopamine in the body so that more is available to be converted in the brain where it is needed. ...Read more

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Is carbidopa-levodopa safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is carbidopa-levodopa safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Discuss with your MD: Pregnancy cat. C. No teratogenic effects were observed in a study in mice receiving up to 20x the maximum recommended human dose but there are no adequate studies in pregnant women. In individual cases Levodopa crossed the human placental barrier, enters the fetus, and is metabolized. In a study of one nursing mother with pd, excretion of Levodopa in human breast milk was reported. Discuss with md. ...Read more

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Does anyone know what side effectcs are if I suddenly stop taking carbidopa?

Does anyone know what side effectcs are if I suddenly stop taking carbidopa?

Usually none: I presume that you are on carbidopa/levodopa (sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa)), probably for parkinson disease or possibly for restless legs. If your dose is not high, you can just stop it. There is a theoretical risk of a bad neurological symptoms if stopping a high dose quickly.

If you are taking just Carbidopa , which is sometimes given in pd to help with sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) nausea, it can be stopped quickly. ...Read more

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How does the drug carbidopa work?

Blocks breakdown: Carbidopa acts to block the enzyme aromatic-l-amino-acid decarboxylase which converts l-dopa to dopamine. Since it cannot get into the brain it works in the rest of the body (periphery). When given in combination with l-dopa in parkinson's disease, it inhibits the conversion of l-dopa to Dopamine in the body so that more is available to be converted in the brain where it is needed. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: carbidopa?

What is the definition or description of: carbidopa?

Parkinson's: Dopamine is a necessary neurotransmitter in the basal ganglia of our brains, and in parkinson's, there is a deficiency. We supplement l-dopa, to replace, but since the body might break down our oral med, we add Carbidopa which prolongs the benefit until the next dose. ...Read more

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What are dangers for using carbidopa at the age of 50?

Not dangerous per se: I presume you mean using sinemet, (carbidopa and levodopa) which is a combination of Carbidopa and levodopa, for parkinson disease. There are no inherent dangers with using this medicine. If, however, the patient is on high doses, the patient will likely develop dyskinesias which are "excess" movements of the patient. Most patients prefer dyskinesias to being frozen, but sometimes the movements can be extreme. ...Read more

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Does anyone know what side effectcs are if I suddenly stop taking carbidopa?

Usually none: I presume that you are on carbidopa/levodopa (sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa)), probably for parkinson disease or possibly for restless legs. If your dose is not high, you can just stop it. There is a theoretical risk of a bad neurological symptoms if stopping a high dose quickly.

If you are taking just Carbidopa , which is sometimes given in pd to help with sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) nausea, it can be stopped quickly. ...Read more

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How does the drug carbidopa affect levodopa?

How does the drug carbidopa affect levodopa?

Blocks breakdown: Carbidopa acts to block the enzyme aromatic-l-amino-acid decarboxylase which converts l-dopa to dopamine. Since it cannot get into the brain it works in the rest of the body (periphery). When given in combination with l-dopa in parkinson's disease, it inhibits the conversion of l-dopa to Dopamine in the body so that more is available to be converted in the brain where it is needed. ...Read more

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I take carbidopa/levidopa & recently, I was given the ODT form by mistake. Is it possible that they don't work as well for me, or is it in my head?

I take carbidopa/levidopa & recently, I was given the ODT form by mistake. Is it possible that they don't work as well for me, or is it in my head?

Possible? Yes, maybe: Is it possible they don't work as well for you? Yes. People vary. Typically they will work as well for the average patient. In some cases they can work better. But, you are certainly entitled to your biology. Talk to your doctor and go back to the other formulation if that feels right for you. ...Read more

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What happens if I take carbidopa and levodopa?

What happens if I take carbidopa and levodopa?

See below: Carbidopa-levodopa is a generic medication for Parkinson's disease and helps dopamine brain connections. Why would you want to take this if you do NOT have Parkinson's?? ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa)?

Please describe the medication: sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa)?

Carbidopa/levodopa: Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) is a combination drug that contains Carbidopa and levodopa. It is most commonly prescribed for parkinson's disease but may also be prescribed for other conditions including restless legs syndrome. ...Read more

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What is the typical dosage of sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) cr?

What is the typical dosage of sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) cr?

Sinemet-CR: This has to be determined by careful titration thru your doctor. Initial dose is usually 50-200. Consult your Neurologist. ...Read more

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What does sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) consist of and what is cr?

What does sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) consist of and what is cr?

See below: Sinemet® (carbidopa-levodopa) is a combination of Carbidopa and Levodopa for the treatment of parkinson's disease and syndrome.Sinemet® cr (carbidopa-levodopa) is a sustained-release combination of Carbidopa and Levodopa for the treatment of parkinson's disease and syndrome. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about the drug sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa)?

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What can you tell me about the drug sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa)?

Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa): Combination of Levodopa & Carbidopa, for treating Parkinson's disease ...Read more

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I took 9 sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) tablet a day, is that to much?

Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa): Not sure what milligram each, but if that's what your doctor prescribed & your symptoms are under control & you are tolerating the medication well, then you should be ok. ...Read more

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What is the maximum dosage per day for Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) tablets?

What is the maximum dosage per day for Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) tablets?

Variable, but: In my experience, the maximum Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) dosing is the 25/250 tab four times daily, and if this seems to wear off, one can add Comtan (entacapone). Problem with going too high with L-DOPA is incidence of dyskinesias. ...Read more