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Lodosyn
(carbidopa)

Eldepryl
(selegiline)

Treats Parkinson's disease when given with levodopa. Lodosyn (carbidopa) enhances the effect of levodopa. It cannot relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease when taken by itself.Treats Parkinson's disease. Used with other medicines for Parkinson's disease to boost its effect.
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Side effects
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We haven’t found good data for carbidopa side effects.

FDA side effect reports for carbidopa »
  • Skin irritation at the patch 12%
  • Headache 1%
  • Sleep difficulty 5%
  • Diarrhea 2%
  • Dry mouth 2%
  • Weight loss of at least 5% 2%
  • Indigestion 1%
  • Rash 2%
  • Sinus infection 2%
  • Sore throat 1%
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How it works
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Lodosyn (carbidopa) is a decarboxylase inhibitor that allows levodopa to enter the brain and relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease.Eldepryl (selegiline) is a selective monoamine oxidase inhibitor. It regulates the amount of dopamine in your body.
Type of medication
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Available as
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  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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    Detailed Lodosyn (carbidopa) risks & warnings »
    • Eating foods rich in tyramine, like soy sauce, fermented cheese and smoked meats
    • Taking cough and cold medicines like dextromethorphan (Robitussin DM), pseudoephedrine (Sudafed)
    • Tricyclic antidepressants
    • Fentanyl
    • Tramadol
    Detailed Eldepryl (selegiline) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Food
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    No food related info.
    • Avoid eating foods high in tyramine while taking Eldepryl (selegiline), since it can increase your blood pressure.
    Upsides and benefits
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    • 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.
    • There are two different versions of Eldepryl (selegiline), a quick dissolving tablet and a regular tablet.
    • Eldepryl (selegiline) is one of the recommended medicines you can take along with carbidopa/levodopa if your Parkinson's disease is getting worse.
    Downsides and risks
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    • Your doctor may need to change the dose of Lodosyn (carbidopa) frequently before finding the right dose.
    • You may have to limit the amount of cheese, smoked meat, and soy sauce you eat while taking Eldepryl (selegiline) since it can raise your blood pressure.
    • Can keep you up at night if you take it later in the day
    • Doesn't work by itself to treat Parkinson's disease.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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    • Lodosyn (carbidopa) can make you very sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
    • Your saliva, sweat and urine may have dark color and stain your clothing while taking Lodosyn (carbidopa).
    • Take Lodosyn (carbidopa) 30-60 minutes before a meal so that your body can properly absorb it. Don't eat too much high protein foods (meat, milk, cheese or nuts) because doing so can prevent it from getting absorbed into your body.
    • Lodosyn (carbidopa) doesn't work when taken by itself. Don't stop taking your other medicines for Parkinson's disease.
    • Lodosyn (carbidopa) may cause unusual cravings in some people.
    • Watch how much smoked meat, cheese, pickles and soy sauce you eat while taking Eldepryl (selegiline) since it can raise your blood pressure.
    • Avoid taking your doses later in the day because it can keep you up.
    • Don't stop Eldepryl (selegiline) suddenly without talking to your doctor, since it can be dangerous.
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