Levodopa and carbidopa is used to treat Parkinson’s disease, and sometimes other conditions. Levodopa changes into dopamine in your body. Carbidopa helps get more levodopa into your brain.
Take levodopa and carbidopa regularly as directed with a glass of water.
Swallow the controlled release (CR) tablets whole.
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.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with levodopa and carbidopa including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. kava) or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Fast or irregular heartbeat, chest pain
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Strange or uncontrolled movements, loss of co-ordination
Hallucinations, confusion, anxiety, mood changes
Unusual urges (e.g. gambling, eating, spending, sex)
Falling asleep without warning
|Tell your doctor|
|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 colour of urine, sweat or saliva (red/brown)
|This is harmless|
|Take with a snack such as a cracker or biscuit|
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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