Compare carbidopa vs. entacapone

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Lodosyn (carbidopa)

Prescription only

Comtan (entacapone)

Prescription only
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.

Comtan (entacapone) enhances the effect of carbidopa/levodopa. It's usually added on when carbidopa/levodopa starts to lose its effect on Parkinson's disease.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Allows you to get more out of carbidopa/levodopa, especially in later stages of Parkinson's disease.
  • Comtan (entacapone) is available in a single pill combination with carbidopa/levodopa.
Downsides
  • Your doctor may need to change the dose of Lodosyn (carbidopa) frequently before finding the right dose.
  • Must be taken with other medicines for Parkinson's disease
  • Can make you lightheaded especially if you suddenly stand up from sitting or lying down.
  • Can make you very sleepy
  • May require frequent adjustments before finding the dose that works best for you
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Side effects
The Lodosyn (carbidopa) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
21possible side effects
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    25%
  • Nausea
    14%
  • Muscle spasm
    10%
  • Changes in urine color
    10%
  • Diarrhea
    10%
  • Muscle rigidity
    9%
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Abdominal pain
    8%
  • Fatigue
    6%
  • Constipation
    6%
  • Vomiting
    4%
  • Dry mouth
    3%
  • Shortness of breath
    3%
  • Purple spots on the skin
    3%
  • Increased sweating
    2%
  • Back pain
    2%
  • Anxiety
    2%
  • Sleepiness
    2%
  • Indigestion
    2%
  • Flatulence
    2%
  • Weakness
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Falling asleep during the day
    • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's
  • Changes in behavior
  • Low blood pressure and fainting
    • Low blood pressure
    • Taking medicines for high blood pressure
  • Lack of impulse control
    • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty controlling movements
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