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Sinemet
(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
Emsamcarbidopa/levodopa

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How it works
Emsamcarbidopa/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
Emsamcarbidopa/levodopa
Prescription only
Available as
Emsamcarbidopa/levodopa
  • Pill
  • Patch
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
Used for
Emsamcarbidopa/levodopa
  • Major Depressive Disorder
Risk factors for serious side effects
Emsamcarbidopa/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 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.

      Sleep
      Emsamcarbidopa/levodopa
      No sleep related info.
      • Can make you very sleepy.
      • Can make you very sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
      Upsides and benefits
      Emsamcarbidopa/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
      Emsamcarbidopa/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
      Emsamcarbidopa/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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