Tolcapone is used to treat Parkinson’s disease. It is used with another medicine called levodopa. Tolcapone helps more levodopa get into the brain.
Take tolcapone regularly as directed with a glass of water.
If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Symptoms of liver problems including: yellow skin or eyes, itching, dark urine, pale bowel motions, abdominal pain
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Strange or uncontrolled movements
Falling asleep without warning
|Tell your doctor|
Drowsiness, dizziness, headache, trouble sleeping, strange dreams
Diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dry mouth or throat
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
Lightheaded or dizzy after standing up
|Stand up slowly. If it continues, or is severe, tell your doctor|
Change in urine colour (orange)
|Harmless unless associated with other symptoms|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. January 2020
For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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