Rytary Alternatives

(carbidopa / levodopa)

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These medications are comparable to Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) or used for similar purposes.

Rytary
(carbidopa / levodopa)

carbidopa / levodopa extended release

entacapone

Apokyn
(apomorphine)

Dostinex
(Cabergoline)

carbidopa / levodopa

Duopa
(carbidopa / levodopa)

carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone

Tasmar
(Tolcapone)

Mirapex
(Pramipexole)

carbidopa

Azilect
(rasagiline)

Eldepryl
(selegiline)

Treats Parkinson's disease. Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) can be used to treat Parkinson's disease, but it can be expensive.Treats Parkinson's disease. Sinemet CR (carbidopa / levodopa extended release) is the first choice treatment for Parkinson's disease.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.Helps you move around. Apokyn (apomorphine) is good for treating the "off" episodes or difficulty moving around when you have advanced Parkinson's disease, but it can cause vomiting and sudden sleepiness.Coming soon.Treats Parkinson's disease. Sinemet (carbidopa / levodopa) is the first choice treatment for Parkinson's disease.Treats advanced stages of Parkinson's disease. Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa) pumps carbidopa/levodopa into your body throughout the day. It is reserved for advanced Parkinson's disease when your symptoms become more frequent than the dosing of your tablets.Treats Parkinson's disease. Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone) is a good choice for Parkinson's disease, especially when carbidopa/levodopa starts losing its effect.Coming soon.Helps with movement problems. Mirapex (Pramipexole) is an effective medicine for Parkinson's disease or restless leg syndrome, but there are potentially serious side effects.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. Azilect (rasagiline) is one of the recommended medicines to treat Parkinson's disease. It is now available in generic, which makes it more affordable for people without insurance.Treats Parkinson's disease. Used with other medicines for Parkinson's disease to boost its effect.
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Side effects
Rytarycarbidopa / levodopa extended releaseentacaponeApokynDostinexcarbidopa / levodopaDuopacarbidopa / levodopa / entacaponeTasmarMirapexcarbidopaAzilectEldepryl
  • Abnormal dreams 2%
  • Difficulty controlling movements 2%
  • Anxiety 2%
  • Constipation 1%
  • Dry mouth 2%
  • Dizziness 4%
  • Nausea 5%
More Rytary side effects »
  • Depression 2%
  • Urinary tract infection 2%
  • Headache 2%
  • Unusual dreams 2%
  • Muscle spasms 2%
  • Vomiting 2%
  • Upper respiratory infection 2%
  • Shortness of breath 2%
  • Periods of immobility 2%
  • Back pain 2%
More carbidopa / levodopa extended release side effects »
  • Increased sweating 1%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Anxiety 1%
  • Sleepiness 2%
  • Indigestion 1%
  • Flatulence 2%
  • Weakness 1%
  • Dry mouth 3%
  • Shortness of breath 2%
  • Purple spots on the skin 2%
More entacapone side effects »
  • Hallucinations 10%
  • Swelling in arms and legs 10%
  • Chest pain 15%
  • Dizziness 20%
  • Runny nose 20%
  • Nausea or vomiting 19%
  • Movement problems 24%
  • Drowsiness or sleepiness 35%
  • Yawning 40%
More Apokyn side effects »

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

FDA side effect reports for Dostinex »

The carbidopa / levodopa FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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  • Intestinal blockage 5%
  • Sleep problems 5%
  • Fever 5%
  • Scar tissue 5%
  • Rash 5%
  • Urinary tract infection 5%
  • Hallucinations 5%
  • Psychotic disorder 5%
  • Diarrhea 5%
  • Indigestion 5%
More Duopa side effects »
  • Increased sweating 1%
  • Anxiety 1%
  • Sleepiness 2%
  • Indigestion 1%
  • Flatulence 2%
  • Weakness 1%
  • Dry mouth 3%
  • Shortness of breath 2%
  • Bruising 2%
  • Vomiting 3%
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We haven’t found good data for Tasmar side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Tasmar »
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Somnolence 2%
  • Nausea 2%
  • Hallucinations 3%
  • Any side effect 1%
  • Malaise 1%
  • Dysphagia 2%
  • Decreased weight 2%
  • Dystonia 1%
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We haven’t found good data for carbidopa side effects.

FDA side effect reports for carbidopa »
  • Arthritis 1%
  • Bruising 2%
  • Weakness 2%
  • Neck pain 2%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation 1%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Gum swelling 1%
  • Excessive bleeding 1%
  • Hernia 1%
  • Muscle weakness 1%
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  • Sore throat 1%
  • Sinus infection 2%
  • Indigestion 1%
  • Rash 2%
  • Weight loss of at least 5% 2%
  • Dry mouth 2%
  • Diarrhea 2%
  • Insomnia 5%
  • Headache 1%
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How it works
Rytarycarbidopa / levodopa extended releaseentacaponeApokynDostinexcarbidopa / levodopaDuopacarbidopa / levodopa / entacaponeTasmarMirapexcarbidopaAzilectEldepryl
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.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.Comtan (entacapone) is a COMT inhibitor. It prevents levodopa from breaking down before it enters the brain.Apokyn (apomorphine) is a non-ergoline dopamine agonist. Apokyn (apomorphine) allows you to move around more freely by stimulating the brain's ability to use dopamine, which is important for movement.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.Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa) is a combination of carbidopa and levodopa. Carbidopa allows levodopa to enter the brain and relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease.Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone) is a combination of carbidopa, levodopa, and entacapone. Entacopone and carbidopa prevent breakdown of levodopa in the body so that levodopa can then enter the brain and relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease.Coming soon.Mirapex (Pramipexole) is a dopamine agonist. It binds to receptors in the brain and helps improve movement in people with Parkinson's disease or restless leg syndrome.Lodosyn (carbidopa) is a decarboxylase inhibitor that allows levodopa to enter the brain and relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease.Azilect (rasagiline) is a monoamine oxidase inhibitor. It increases the amount of dopamine in the brain, which helps those with Parkinson's disease gain better control their movements.Eldepryl (selegiline) is a selective monoamine oxidase inhibitor. It regulates the amount of dopamine in your body.
Type of medication
Rytarycarbidopa / levodopa extended releaseentacaponeApokynDostinexcarbidopa / levodopaDuopacarbidopa / levodopa / entacaponeTasmarMirapexcarbidopaAzilectEldepryl
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Available as
Rytarycarbidopa / levodopa extended releaseentacaponeApokynDostinexcarbidopa / levodopaDuopacarbidopa / levodopa / entacaponeTasmarMirapexcarbidopaAzilectEldepryl
  • Extended release capsule
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
Used for
Rytarycarbidopa / levodopa extended releaseentacaponeApokynDostinexcarbidopa / levodopaDuopacarbidopa / levodopa / entacaponeTasmarMirapexcarbidopaAzilectEldepryl
  • Hyperprolactinemia
  • Parkinsons Disease Adjunct
Risk factors for serious side effects
Rytarycarbidopa / levodopa extended releaseentacaponeApokynDostinexcarbidopa / levodopaDuopacarbidopa / levodopa / entacaponeTasmarMirapexcarbidopaAzilectEldepryl
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's
  • Low blood pressure
  • Taking medicines for high blood pressure
  • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease
Detailed Comtan (entacapone) risks & warnings »
  • Taking antipsychotic medicines
  • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease
  • History of heart disease or stroke
Detailed Apokyn (apomorphine) risks & warnings »
    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 »
    • Surgery to place the J-tube
    • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's
    • Stopping Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa) suddenly
    • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease
    Detailed Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa) risks & warnings »
    • History of stomach ulcers
    Detailed Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone) risks & warnings »
      Coming soon.
      • Taking with alcohol
      • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
      • Taking blood pressure-lowering medicines
      • Current kidney problems
      • Parkinson's disease
      Detailed Mirapex (Pramipexole) risks & warnings »
        Detailed Lodosyn (carbidopa) risks & warnings »
        • Eating foods rich in tyramine, like soy sauce, fermented cheese and smoked meats
        • Tricyclic antidepressants
        • Fentanyl
        • Tramadol
        • Buspirone
        Detailed Azilect (rasagiline) risks & warnings »
        • Eating foods rich in tyramine, like soy sauce, fermented cheese and smoked meats
        • Taking cough and cold medicines like dextromethorphan (Robitussin DM), pseudoephedrine (Sudafed)
        • Tricyclic antidepressants
        • Fentanyl
        • Tramadol
        Detailed Eldepryl (selegiline) 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.

        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 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.

        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.

        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.

        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.

        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.

        Food
        Rytarycarbidopa / levodopa extended releaseentacaponeApokynDostinexcarbidopa / levodopaDuopacarbidopa / levodopa / entacaponeTasmarMirapexcarbidopaAzilectEldepryl
        No food related info.No food related info.No food related info.No food related info.No food related info.No food related info.No food related info.No food related info.No food related info.
        • Take Mirapex (Pramipexole) with food if it makes you feel nauseous.
        No food related info.No food related info.
        • Avoid eating foods high in tyramine while taking Eldepryl (selegiline), since it can increase your blood pressure.
        Kidneys and liver
        Rytarycarbidopa / levodopa extended releaseentacaponeApokynDostinexcarbidopa / levodopaDuopacarbidopa / levodopa / entacaponeTasmarMirapexcarbidopaAzilectEldepryl
        No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.
        • Mirapex (Pramipexole) is processed by the kidney. If you have kidney problems, talk to your doctor because you may need a different dose.
        • Not the best choice if you have kidney problems. Your doctor may have to adjust your dose based on your kidney function.
        No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.
        Pain
        Rytarycarbidopa / levodopa extended releaseentacaponeApokynDostinexcarbidopa / levodopaDuopacarbidopa / levodopa / entacaponeTasmarMirapexcarbidopaAzilectEldepryl
        No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.
        • Call your doctor right away if you start having stomach pains around where the pump is connected.
        No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.No pain related info.
        Sleep
        Rytarycarbidopa / levodopa extended releaseentacaponeApokynDostinexcarbidopa / levodopaDuopacarbidopa / levodopa / entacaponeTasmarMirapexcarbidopaAzilectEldepryl
        • 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.
        No sleep related info.
        • Comtan (entacapone) can make you very sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires your full concentration until you know how Comtan (entacapone) affects you. This is more likely if you're also taking other medicines for Parkinson's. Talk to your doctor if this bothers you.
        • Can make you very sleepy. Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
        • Can make you very sleepy
        • Apokyn (apomorphine) can make you sleepy or fall asleep suddenly without warning. Don't drive or do anything that requires your full concentration until you know how Apokyn (apomorphine) affects you. You're more at risk if you're taking other medicines for Parkinson's. Talk to your doctor if this bothers you.
        • Apokyn (apomorphine) can make you sleepy or fall asleep without warning. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
        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.
        • Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa) can make you very sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires your full concentration until you know how Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa) affects you. You're more at risk if you're taking other medicines for Parkinson's. Talk to your doctor if this bothers you.
        • Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa) can make you very sleepy. Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
        No sleep related info.No sleep related info.No sleep related info.No sleep related info.No sleep related info.No sleep related info.
        Upsides and benefits
        Rytarycarbidopa / levodopa extended releaseentacaponeApokynDostinexcarbidopa / levodopaDuopacarbidopa / levodopa / entacaponeTasmarMirapexcarbidopaAzilectEldepryl
        • Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) comes in 4 different strengths.
        • If you have private prescription insurance, there are programs to make Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) more affordable.
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • Preferred drug according to the guidelines to treat the "off" periods or inability to control movements well that's associated with Parkinson's.
        • People respond to the injection of Apokyn (apomorphine) very quickly and this response can last longer than other medicines.
        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.
        • Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa) allows you to have better control of your symptoms than oral tablets, especially in later stages of Parkinson's disease.
        • It combines three medicines into one pill so you don't have to take so many pills daily.
        • Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone) is available as a generic.
        Coming soon
        • In studies, Mirapex (Pramipexole) when taken by itself or with other medicines, was effective in lowering movement fluctuations for people with Parkinson's disease.
        • Mirapex (Pramipexole) is sometimes preferred over other medicines that treat Parkinson's disease in older people since it causes fewer movement and mental fluctuations.
        • Is effective for treating restless leg syndrome.
        • Available in a short-acting and a long-acting form.
        • 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.
        • Azilect (rasagiline) is one of the go-to medicines for Parkinson's disease. It can be used in early and late stages of the disease.
        • Taking Azilect (rasagiline) by itself can help slow down Parkinson's disease, but it works better when it's given with other medicines.
        • Azilect (rasagiline) is available as generic as well as brand name, so there are usually lower out-of-pocket costs for you with insurance.
        • There are two different versions of Eldepryl (selegiline), a quick dissolving tablet and a regular tablet.
        • Eldepryl (selegiline) is one of the recommended medicines you can take along with carbidopa/levodopa if your Parkinson's disease is getting worse.
        Downsides and risks
        Rytarycarbidopa / levodopa extended releaseentacaponeApokynDostinexcarbidopa / levodopaDuopacarbidopa / levodopa / entacaponeTasmarMirapexcarbidopaAzilectEldepryl
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • 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
        • Can cause vomiting and sudden sleepiness. Your doctor will have to give you a medicine to stop the vomiting from happening.
        • Apokyn (apomorphine) should only be used if you have an "off" period of moving around. You should keep using your other medicines for your Parkinson's.
        • Dosing can be confusing since the pen only dispenses in milliliters, and there have been reports of people getting overdoses of Apokyn (apomorphine) because they thought it was for milligrams.
        • Stopping Apokyn (apomorphine) suddenly or lowering the dose too quickly can cause your muscles to become very stiff and you might get a very high fever, which can be life threatening. Talk to your doctor if you want to stop taking this medicine.
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        • 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.
        • Given via pump so you'll need to have a procedure to attach the pump to your body.
        • You'll need to take good care of the pump so that it doesn't get disconnected or infected.
        • Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa) only lasts for 16 hours. You may need to take an extra dose of carbidopa/levodopa as tablet for nighttime control.
        • You need to keep Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa) in a fridge, but it should sit at room temperature 20 minutes before infusion.
        • You would first start by taking Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone) as two different pills, carbidopa/levodopa and entacapone, before you get switched over to Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone).
        • It's less customizable since there are only a few fixed combinations available.
        Coming soon
        • Mirapex (Pramipexole) isn't a first-choice treatment for Parkinson's disease. It can be used by itself, but it's usually used with other medicines.
        • Mirapex (Pramipexole) can cause hallucinations in older people.
        • Not the best choice if you have kidney problems. Your doctor may have to adjust your dose based on your kidney function.
        • You can't suddenly stop taking Mirapex (Pramipexole). You'll have to slowly lower your dose, especially if you've been using it for a long time.
        • Your doctor may need to change the dose of Lodosyn (carbidopa) frequently before finding the right dose.
        • It can cause unusual cravings and changes in behavior in some people.
        • You may have to limit the amount of cheese, smoked meat, and soy sauce you eat while taking Eldepryl (selegiline) since it can raise your blood pressure.
        • Can keep you up at night if you take it later in the day
        • Doesn't work by itself to treat Parkinson's disease.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        Rytarycarbidopa / levodopa extended releaseentacaponeApokynDostinexcarbidopa / levodopaDuopacarbidopa / levodopa / entacaponeTasmarMirapexcarbidopaAzilectEldepryl
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • Doesn't work by itself. 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. Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
        • May cause an upset stomach
        • May require frequent adjusting until you the dose that works best
        • Apokyn (apomorphine) can cause nausea, so your doctor will give you medicine to help stop that and vomiting.
        • Your doctor will tell you how much Apokyn (apomorphine) you will inject. This is given in milliliters. Turn the pen so that the correct dose is given.
        • Apokyn (apomorphine) can make you sleepy or fall asleep without warning. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
        • Always change where you inject Apokyn (apomorphine) and always use a fresh needle every time. This will make injecting safer and less painful.
        • If the liquid inside the Apokyn (apomorphine) cartridge does not look clear and colorless, don't use it. Use a new cartridge or call your pharmacy.
        • Can cause you to feel faint, especially if you get up after sitting or lying down for a while. Be careful moving around after you use Apokyn (apomorphine) so you don't fall.
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        • 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.
        • Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa) is given via pump. You need to have a minor procedure to connect the pump to your body.
        • You may still need to take carbidopa/levodopa in tablet form at night or if the pump disconnects.
        • Call your doctor right away if you start having stomach pains around where the pump is connected.
        • Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa) is only good for 16 hours. Throw out the cassette when the infusion is done even if there's still medicine left inside.
        • Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa) can make you very sleepy. Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
        • Don't stop taking Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa) suddenly. It can be very dangerous. Talk to your doctor if you want to stop taking Duopa (carbidopa / levodopa).
        • Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone) 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 Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone).
        • Take Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone) 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.
        • Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone) may cause unusual cravings in some people.
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        • You should start Mirapex (Pramipexole) at a low dose and your doctor will raise the dose slowly. This will help lower your risk of side effects, such as drowsiness and low blood pressure.
        • Can cause intense urges and compulsive behaviors that are hard to control, such as binge eating, gambling, and sexual urges. Talk to your doctor right away if you have any of these feelings.
        • You can suddenly fall asleep without warning while on this medicine. Don't perform any tasks that require mental alertness, like driving, or drinking alcohol until you know how Mirapex (Pramipexole) affects you. Let your doctor know if you have a history of sleep problems.
        • Take Mirapex (Pramipexole) 2 to 3 hours before bedtime for restless leg syndrome.
        • Take Mirapex (Pramipexole) with food if it makes you feel nauseous.
        • Lodosyn (carbidopa) 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 Lodosyn (carbidopa).
        • Take Lodosyn (carbidopa) 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.
        • Lodosyn (carbidopa) doesn't work when taken by itself. Don't stop taking your other medicines for Parkinson's disease.
        • Lodosyn (carbidopa) may cause unusual cravings in some people.
        • Azilect (rasagiline) can make you very sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
        • Watch how much cheese, soy sauce or smoked meats you eat. Eating too much of these foods while on Azilect (rasagiline) can cause an unsafe rise in blood pressure.
        • Azilect (rasagiline) can make you dizzy or lightheaded, especially when you suddenly stand up from sitting or laying down.
        • Don't stop taking Azilect (rasagiline) without talking to your doctor first. Stopping it suddenly can cause confusion, stiff muscles and a high fever.
        • Azilect (rasagiline) can prevent many medicines from working properly. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if the way you take your other medicines needs to be changed.
        • Watch how much smoked meat, cheese, pickles and soy sauce you eat while taking Eldepryl (selegiline) since it can raise your blood pressure.
        • Avoid taking your doses later in the day because it can keep you up.
        • Don't stop Eldepryl (selegiline) suddenly without talking to your doctor, since it can be dangerous.
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