Stalevo

(carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone)

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Treats Parkinson's disease.

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Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone) is a good choice for Parkinson's disease, especially when carbidopa/levodopa starts losing its effect.

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    $197.75
Quick facts about carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone
  • Drug class: neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone)

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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.
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How it works

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.

Quick facts about carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone
  • Drug class: neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone)

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What to expect when you take Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone) for Parkinson's disease

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  • Effectiveness
  • Starts to kick in
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  • Possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty controlling movement
  • Muscle damage
  • Nausea and vomiting
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Side effect rates for Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone)

From 1003 clinical trials of carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone when taken for parkinson's disease
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    25%25%
    15%15%
  • Muscle spasm
    10%10%
    5%5%
  • Changes in urine color
    10%10%
  • Discolored urine
    10%10%
  • Muscle rigidity
    9%9%
    8%8%
  • Dizziness
    8%8%
    6%6%
  • Abdominal pain
    8%8%
    4%4%
  • Fatigue
    6%6%
    4%4%
  • Constipation
    6%6%
    4%4%
  • Fatigue
    6%6%
    4%4%
  • Back pain
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Vomiting
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Dry mouth
    3%3%
  • Shortness of breath
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Bruising
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Increased sweating
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Anxiety
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Sleepiness
    2%2%
  • Indigestion
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Flatulence
    2%2%
  • Weakness
    2%2%
    1%1%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone.

Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone)
Placebo

People taking carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone felt side effect more

People taking carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone felt side effect less

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Risks and Warnings for Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone)

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  • Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone) can cause you to have involuntary movements. This is more likely if you're also using other medicines for Parkinson's disease. Talk to your doctor if this bothers you.

Common concerns from people taking Stalevo (carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone)

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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for carbidopa / levodopa / entacapone
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