Compare Dostinex vs. carbidopa / levodopa

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Dostinex
(Cabergoline)

carbidopa / levodopa

Coming soon.Treats Parkinson's disease. Sinemet (carbidopa / levodopa) is the first choice treatment for Parkinson's disease.
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Side effects
Dostinexcarbidopa / levodopa

We haven’t found good data for Dostinex side effects.

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How it works
Dostinexcarbidopa / levodopa
Coming soon.Sinemet (carbidopa / levodopa) is a combination of carbidopa and levodopa. Carbidopa prevents breakdown of levodopa allowing it to enter the brain and relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Type of medication
Dostinexcarbidopa / levodopa
Lower-cost generic availablePrescription onlyLower-cost generic available
Available as
Dostinexcarbidopa / levodopa
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
Used for
Dostinexcarbidopa / levodopa
  • Hyperprolactinemia
Risk factors for serious side effects
Dostinexcarbidopa / levodopa
    Coming soon.
    • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's
    • Stopping Sinemet (carbidopa / levodopa) suddenly
    • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease
    Detailed Sinemet (carbidopa / levodopa) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    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.

    Sleep
    Dostinexcarbidopa / levodopa
    No sleep related info.
    • Can make you very sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
    • Can make you very sleepy.
    Upsides and benefits
    Dostinexcarbidopa / levodopa
    Coming soon
    • 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.
    Downsides and risks
    Dostinexcarbidopa / levodopa
    Coming soon
    • 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.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    Dostinexcarbidopa / levodopa
    Coming soon
    • Can make you very sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
    • Can stain your saliva, sweat and urine a dark color.
    • Take Sinemet (carbidopa / levodopa) 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.
    • If you notice Sinemet (carbidopa / levodopa) wearing off sooner than you'd like, talk to your doctor. How much and how often you take it may need to be adjusted.
    • Sinemet (carbidopa / levodopa) may cause unusual cravings in some people.
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