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Doctor insights on: Does Anyone Know What Side Effectcs Are If I Suddenly Stop Taking Carbidopa

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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), 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 nausea, it can be stopped quickly. ...Read more

Carbidopa (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Is it safe to take a mulch-vitamin when taking levodopa carbidopa for Parkinson's? Would vitamin B6 decrease its effectiveness?

Is it safe to take a mulch-vitamin when taking levodopa carbidopa for Parkinson's? Would vitamin B6 decrease its effectiveness?

Yes.: Vitamin B6 supplementation above 5–10 mg per day reduces the effectiveness of levodopa. However, combining Levodopa with Carbidopa prevents this adverse effect, so vitamin B6 supplements may safely be taken with carbidopa/levodopa. ...Read more

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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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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?

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

Not dangerous per se: I presume you mean using sinemet, 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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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