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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

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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I've been taking carbidopa/levadopa 25/100 and the last four days my face has been numb. Is this a side effect of the meds? Also stiff pain in neck.

I've been taking carbidopa/levadopa 25/100 and the last four days my face has been numb. Is this a side effect of the meds? Also stiff pain in neck.

Talk to your doctor: First, what is the indication for taking carbidopa/levodopa? How long you have taking this medication. The common side effects of this drug include drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, headaches, sleep disturbances. If you experience involuntary muscle movements, please consult with your doctor. ...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?

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, (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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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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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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Which is more potent sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) or the generic of carbidopa/levodopa?

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

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What is the recommended taper schedule when discontinuing sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa)?

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

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My neurologist put me on carbidopa + levodopa for my Parkinson's symptoms. What should I expect?

My neurologist put me on carbidopa + levodopa for my Parkinson's symptoms. What should I expect?

Improvement: This medine works best for stiffness, then slowness of movement, then tremor. You need to be monitored for effectiveness and side effects by your doctor. ...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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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 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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Is generic sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) cr is not effective as the branded version?

Is generic sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) cr is not effective as the branded version?

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

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Milligrams for 6 hour sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa)? What is the dosage for this medication?

Milligrams for 6 hour sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa)? What is the dosage for this medication?

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

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How do you wean off sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa)?

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

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How safe is the parkinson tablet sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa)?

How safe is the parkinson tablet sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa)?

Very safe: This medicine has been out for forty years and has been a miracle drug for pd patients. There are potential issues for people who have been on it for a long time or at high doses (ie fluctuations, dyskinesias), but nearly every pd patient who goes on it feels better. It will not damage your liver, kidneys or any other organ. Because of the above issues, it may not be the first med used in pd. ...Read more

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