Sinemet CR (Carbidopa / Levodopa)
What is Sinemet CR (Carbidopa / Levodopa) used for?
Sinemet CR (Carbidopa / Levodopa) is a combination of two drugs, used to treat Parkinson's symptoms. This drug can treat the muscle stiffness, uncontrollable shaking, spasms, movement difficulties and other symptoms associated with this disease. It is also used to treat Parkinson's disease like symptoms caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. This drug contains levodopa, which belongs to a class of medications known as central nervous system agents. It is believed that Parkinson's disease symptoms may be caused by a low level of dopamine in the brain. Levodopa is converted into dopamine in the brain. This may help to relieve Parkinson's disease symptoms. The other active ingredient, Cardiopa works by helping to prevent levodopa from being broken down before it reaches the brain.
How should I use Sinemet CR (Carbidopa / Levodopa)?
Sinemet CR (Carbidopa / Levodopa) comes in the form of tablets, which are to be taken orally. Follow the instructions of your physician. You may be told to take it 3 to 4 times per day, however it is important to note that the dosage for each individual patient varies, and you must consult your physician before taking this medication so that the correct dosage can be prescribed. You may be told by your physician to start out on a low dosage, which your physician may then gradually increase.
What are the side effects of Sinemet CR (Carbidopa / Levodopa)?
Patients taking Sinemet CR (Carbidopa / Levodopa) may notice side effects, such as:
Patients should be aware that more serious side effects may occur when taking this drug. Although it is rare, some patients who have abruptly discontinued taking this drug or suddenly reduced their dose have suffered from a potentially life threatening condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome. Immediately see your physician if you notice sweating, fever, stiff muscles or any other serious side effects.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Sinemet CR (Carbidopa / Levodopa). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.