Compare carbidopa vs. Duopa
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Lodosyn (carbidopa) enhances the effect of levodopa. It cannot relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease when taken by itself.
Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa) pumps carbidopa/levodopa into your body throughout the day. It is reserved for advanced Parkinson's disease when your symptoms become more frequent than the dosing of your tablets.
- 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.
- Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa) allows you to have better control of your symptoms than oral tablets, especially in later stages of Parkinson's disease.
- Your doctor may need to change the dose of Lodosyn (carbidopa) frequently before finding the right dose.
- Given via pump so you'll need to have a procedure to attach the pump to your body.
- You'll need to take good care of the pump so that it doesn't get disconnected or infected.
- Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa) only lasts for 16 hours. You may need to take an extra dose of carbidopa/levodopa as tablet for nighttime control.
- You need to keep Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa) in a fridge, but it should sit at room temperature 20 minutes before infusion.
- Problems with J-tube56%
- Redness and swelling at the J-tube site19%
- Difficulty controlling movements14%
- Discharge at the J-tube site11%
- Swelling in the arms and legs8%
- High blood pressure8%
- Flu and cold8%
- Stomach problems
Surgery to place the J-tube
- Falling asleep during the day
Taking other medicines for Parkinson's
- High fever and confusion
Stopping Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa) suddenly
- Lack of impulse control
Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease