Compare Dostinex vs. carbidopa / levodopa extended release

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Dostinex
(cabergoline)

Sinemet CR
(carbidopa / levodopa extended release)

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

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

FDA side effect reports for Dostinex »
  • Difficulty controlling movements 17%
  • Nausea 6%
  • Hallucinations 4%
  • Confusion 4%
  • Dizziness 3%
  • Low mood disorder 2%
  • Urinary tract infection 2%
  • Back pain 2%
  • Unusual dreams 2%
  • Muscle spasms 2%
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How it works
Dostinexcarbidopa / levodopa extended release
Coming soon.Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release) is a combination of carbidopa and levodopa that is released in your body over time. Carbidopa prevents breakdown of levodopa so that levodopa can then, enter the brain and relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Type of medication
Dostinexcarbidopa / levodopa extended release
Prescription only
Available as
Dostinexcarbidopa / levodopa extended release
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for
Dostinexcarbidopa / levodopa extended release
  • Hyperprolactinemia
Risk factors for serious side effects
Dostinexcarbidopa / levodopa extended release
Coming soon.
  • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's
  • Stopping Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release) suddenly
    • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease
      Detailed Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release) 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.

      Upsides and benefits
      Dostinexcarbidopa / levodopa extended release
      Coming soon
      • Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release) is released over a long period of time in your body and can allow you to take fewer pills less frequently.
      Downsides and risks
      Dostinexcarbidopa / levodopa extended release
      Coming soon
      • Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release) 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 Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release).
      • Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release) will lose its effect over time. If you notice it wearing off sooner than you'd like, talk to your doctor.
      • Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release) may cause unusual cravings in some people.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      Dostinexcarbidopa / levodopa extended release
      Coming soon
      • Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release) 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 Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release).
      • Take Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release) 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.
      • Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release) may cause unusual cravings in some people.
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