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Carbidopa And Levodopa Medication
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
Dosages: Dosages are adjusted for the specific needs of each patient - there is no standard dose for any specific time period. Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) comes in carbadopa-levodopa doses of 10-100, 25-250, and 25-100. These can be combined and given at various times throughout the day to best relieve the symptoms of parkinson's disease. If you are not sure of your dose or the dose of someone you are caring for, you need to call the doctor that prescribed the medication to clarify. Good luck! ...Read more
What is the difference between Parkinson's drug sinemet and stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone)?
COMT inhibitor: Entacaptone is a selective catecholamine-o methyl transferase (comt) inhibitor that increases the bioavailabilty of dopamine. Like Carbidopa in sinemet it does not cross the blood brain barrier. Stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) is a combination of l dopa, Carbidopa and entacaptone. Sinemet is a combination of Carbidopa and l-dopa. ...Read more
My mom, Safia, 60 years old, resident of Pakistan has drug induced parkinsonism, which is bothering a lot & worsening. Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) 25/250 every 4.5 hours?
Tachyphylaxis.: Dosing of Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) is a little strange, requiring front loading in the day and a long gap at night without dosing. If taken like most other medications, on a more regular dosing interval, tachyphylaxis develops, which essentially means the efficacy of the medication reduces. ...Read more
Is it safe to take clonazepam for sleep with sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) for Parkinsons patient? Are there any drug interactions?
Probably safe...: ...but not especially the best choice! Although medications in that class (benzodiazepines) allay anxiety and can relax muscle spasm, they also interfere with normal sleep architecture and increase the risk of falling. I would certainly advise that you discuss this with your neurologist or a psychiatrist trained in sleep disorders or with additional training in geropsychiatry. ...Read more
Sinemet-CR: This has to be determined by careful titration thru your doctor. Initial dose is usually 50-200. Consult your Neurologist. ...Read more
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
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
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
Yes: But the GI side effects would make it intolerable. ...Read more
It depends: Because of cost considerations its worth trying it for a while. Watch for peak dose dyskinesis and dose failures or wearing off. ...Read more
Neither: Generic drugs are held to standards where the manufacturer must prove "bioequivalence" to the branded drug. The molecules must be structurally the same, and the same standard of quality and purity must be met. The pills and the packaging themselves may look different, but the active ingredient is the same. It can be thought of as the difference between clorox bleach and safeway brand bleach. ...Read more
On sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) 2 times per day 62.5. I want off this to try other alternatives first how do I safely do this. I do not agree with my diagnosis of pd.?
See your doctor: If you can't find any common ground then it's best to part ways and find a physician you feel mors comfortable with. That said, you should negotiate a time period during which you can try alternatives before resuming orthodox therapy. Your doctor will help wean you. ...Read more
When switching from regular Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) to CR, do you need to add little more CR to achieve the same dose of the regular Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa)?
Not usually: You can usually use the same dose of Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) CR as you had of the regular Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa). You may not feel it "kick in" as strongly but it should work just as effectively and hopefully last longer for you. Good luck. ...Read more
Slowly: Depends on dosing/schedule, but its very important to taper very slowly. It would be best to call your prescribing doctor and have them give you a clear tapering schedule. ...Read more
Before I take Stalevo, (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) I'm on but shortly after, I suddenly go off. What's causing this?
See a physician: Your questions is not very clear, but is important to see your doctor for accurate reason for your symptoms ...Read more
Slow taper: If sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) needs to be stopped, depending on the amount and indication for the medication, the most desire able way is to taper the medication. Parkinson's patients can have severe side effects if sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) is abruptly stopped. ...Read more
Probably not bad: I had to look up rhodiola as that was one I had never heard of. There are no reasons, at least theoretically, that the two should be a problem. I did a literature search and there are no articles in the medical literature looking at rhodiola and sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa). There are some laboratory papers that suggest rhodiola should be helpful in pd, but I could not find any clinical studies in people. ...Read more
Depends...: Regretfully, there is no typical Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) dose following DBS, given that each patient is different and their need for treatment varies. Discuss this with your neurologist. ...Read more
Typical- Misnomer...: Quite honestly, as a neurologist I've found LESS AND LESS TYPICAL starting doses of any of the anit-parkinsonian medications as I get farther into my career. Oh, sure there are textbook numbers but when the actual DIAGNOSIS of PD cannot be firmly made at times for years after presentation should there really be such as a thing as a TYPICAL starting dose of Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa)? Commonly seen is 25/100 3x/day. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) should be tapered slowly over many weeks to months foll. The combination of DBS and meds usually works better than either alone. There may be some sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) reduction with a single DBS, and even more with a second DBS. The target allowing the most med reduction is STN. Every patient needs a different approach and everyone is different so it is hard to say how much it can be reduced. ...Read more
May: Help symptoms associated with parkinson diseaseGet a more detailed answer ›
No: Not without increasing other side effectsGet a more detailed answer ›
Could be: If the medicine was very soft, you may wonder if it had normal activity. This is not a common situation, and it is hard to answer your question. It sounds as if the pills were damaged at least. It is best to discard damaged pills and replace them. ...Read more
For a Parkionson patient with DBS - what are the indications that your body needs more Dophamine via Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa)?
See neurologist!: This is a very specialized question and the answer is not a simple one DBS is carried out on patients who originally rsspoded to DOPAMINE but after a number of years with increasing dosage started to get complication of the drugs as well as reduced efficacy It cannot be dealt with with a one size fits all answer ...Read more
Which is more likely to increase psychoses. Increasing stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) from 125 to 150 on the same schedule or changing the dosage from 6 to 7 per day?
Less risk by inc frq: In the treatment of Parkinson's patients with Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) it is generally believed that increased frequency of medication dosage is preferable for a variety of reasons including less risk of precipitating psychoses by the medication. Having said that-the most honest answer is "you will never know until you try it." ...Read more