Compare Emsam vs. Rytary

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Eldepryl
(selegiline)

Rytary
(carbidopa / levodopa)

Coming soon.Treats Parkinson's disease. Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) can be used to treat Parkinson's disease, but it can be expensive.
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Coupons for Emsam
Best available price for 60 (5mg) tablets of selegiline
Coupons for Rytary
Best available price for 90 (25mg/100mg) tablets of carbidopa / levodopa
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Reviews for Eldepryl (selegiline)
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+80% better vs. Eldepryl (selegiline)
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Side effects
EmsamRytary

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

FDA side effect reports for Emsam »
  • Nausea 5%
  • Dizziness 4%
  • Dry mouth 2%
  • Abnormal dreams 2%
  • Difficulty controlling movements 2%
  • Anxiety 2%
  • Constipation 1%
More Rytary side effects »
How it works
EmsamRytary
Coming soon.Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) is a combination of carbidopa and levodopa. Levodopa enters the brain and relieves the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Carbidopa prevents levodopa from being broken down before it can enter the brain.
Type of medication
EmsamRytary
Prescription only
Available as
EmsamRytary
  • Pill
  • Patch
  • Extended release capsule
Used for
EmsamRytary
  • Major Depressive Disorder
Risk factors for serious side effects
EmsamRytary
    Coming soon.
    • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease
    • Stopping Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) suddenly
    • History of heart attack
    • High risk for heart attack
    Detailed Rytary (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.

    Sleep
    EmsamRytary
    No sleep related info.
    • Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) can make you sleepy or fall asleep suddenly without warning. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) affects you. You're more at risk if you're taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease. Talk to your doctor if this bothers you.
    Upsides and benefits
    EmsamRytary
    Coming soon
    • Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) comes in 4 different strengths.
    • If you have private prescription insurance, there are programs to make Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) more affordable.
    Downsides and risks
    EmsamRytary
    Coming soon
    • There are other forms of Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) that are generic and much cheaper.
    • Your doctor might have to change the dose of Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) often before they find a dose that works for you.
    • Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) can cause uncontrollable movements to happen, but this doesn't happen for 3 to 5 years.
    • Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) is not a cure for Parkinson's disease; it can only slow the disease down.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    EmsamRytary
    Coming soon
    • If you can't swallow the capsules whole, they can be sprinkled on 1 to 2 tablespoons of applesauce. You have to take it right away.
    • Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) affects you.
    • You can't switch off other forms of carbidopa/levodopa to Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) without talking to your doctor or pharmacist. They'll tell you how to do it safely.
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