Compare carbidopa vs. carbidopa / levodopa
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Lodosyn (carbidopa) enhances the effect of levodopa. It cannot relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease when taken by itself.
Sinemet (carbidopa / levodopa) is the first choice treatment for Parkinson's disease.
- Extra doses of Lodosyn (carbidopa) allows you to get more out of levodopa, especially in later stages of the disease.
- It is available in a combination pill with levodopa once you find the right dose that works for you.
- Sinemet (carbidopa / levodopa) is widely available as a regular pill, a quick dissolving pill or a liquid taken through a feeding tube.
- Sinemet (carbidopa / levodopa) is available in generic.
- Your doctor may need to change the dose of Lodosyn (carbidopa) frequently before finding the right dose.
- Can make you very sleepy.
- Can stain your saliva, sweat and urine a dark color.
- Will lose its effect over time as your disease progresses.
- May need to be taken several times during day to control symptoms of Parkinson's disease
- May cause unusual cravings in some people.
- Dissolving tablet
- Falling asleep during the day
Taking other medicines for Parkinson's
- High fever and confusion
Stopping Sinemet (carbidopa / levodopa) suddenly
- Lack of impulse control
Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease