Compare carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone vs. Rytary

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Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone)

Prescription only
Treats Parkinson's disease.

Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone) is a good choice for Parkinson's disease, especially when carbidopa/levodopa starts losing its effect.

Treats Parkinson's disease.

Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) can be used to treat Parkinson's disease, but it can be expensive.

Upsides
  • It combines three medicines into one pill so you don't have to take so many pills daily.
  • Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone) is available as a generic.
  • Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) comes in 4 different strengths.
  • If you have private prescription insurance, there are programs to make Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) more affordable.
Downsides
  • You would first start by taking Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone) as two different pills, carbidopa/levodopa and entacapone, before you get switched over to Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone).
  • It's less customizable since there are only a few fixed combinations available.
  • There are other forms of Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) that are generic and much cheaper.
  • Your doctor might have to change the dose of Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) often before they find a dose that works for you.
  • Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) can cause uncontrollable movements to happen, but this doesn't happen for 3 to 5 years.
  • Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) is not a cure for Parkinson's disease; it can only slow the disease down.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release capsule
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Side effects
9possible side effects
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    25%
  • Muscle spasm
    10%
  • Changes in urine color
    10%
  • Discolored urine
    10%
  • Muscle rigidity
    9%
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Abdominal pain
    8%
  • Fatigue
    6%
  • Constipation
    6%
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10possible side effects
  • Nausea
    20%
  • Headache
    17%
  • Dizziness
    12%
  • Dry mouth
    7%
  • Trouble sleeping
    6%
  • Abnormal dreams
    5%
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    5%
  • Anxiety
    5%
  • Vomiting
    5%
  • Changes in blood pressure
    5%
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Risks and warnings
  • Stomach bleeding

    History of stomach ulcers

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  • Falling asleep during the day

    Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease

  • High fever and confusion

    Stopping Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) suddenly

  • Lack of impulse control

    Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease

  • Heart attack

    History of heart attack

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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