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

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
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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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Dr. Eric Farbman
I agree with everything above. Levodopa goes to the brain and gets changed into dopamine. Carbidopa helps prevent the levodopa from going to the stomach.
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology

In brief: Parkinson's disease

Carbidopa /l-dopa; Dopamine (da) is deficient in parkinson's.
Da does not cross from blood to brain. Instead its precursor l-dopa gets into the brain and is converted into da by dopa decarboxylase (ddc) once inside the brain. Ddc is also in the bloodstream and converts ldopa to da in blood which causes nausea. Carbidopa inhibits ddc in blood, reducing nausea and allowing more ldopa in the brain.

In brief: Parkinson's disease

Carbidopa /l-dopa; Dopamine (da) is deficient in parkinson's.
Da does not cross from blood to brain. Instead its precursor l-dopa gets into the brain and is converted into da by dopa decarboxylase (ddc) once inside the brain. Ddc is also in the bloodstream and converts ldopa to da in blood which causes nausea. Carbidopa inhibits ddc in blood, reducing nausea and allowing more ldopa in the brain.
Dr. William Gaya
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Dr. William Gaya
CR is controlled release which allows the medication to be absorbed slowly over a longer period of time.
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