Rytary

(carbidopa / levodopa)

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Treats Parkinson's disease.

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Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) can be used to treat Parkinson's disease, but it can be expensive.

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    $71.29
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Quick facts about Rytary
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) comes in 4 different strengths.
  • If you have private prescription insurance, there are programs to make Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) more affordable.
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Downsides

  • 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.
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How it works

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.

Quick facts about Rytary
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Dosage forms

  • Extended release capsule
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What to expect when you take Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) for Parkinson's disease

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  • Possible side effects
  • Changes in behavior
  • Difficulty controlling impulses
  • Nausea
  • Sleeping suddenly during the day
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Side effect rates for Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa)

From 190 clinical trials of Rytary when taken for parkinson's disease (97.5mg/390mg three times daily)
  • Nausea
    20%20%
    9%9%
  • Headache
    17%17%
    11%11%
  • Dizziness
    12%12%
    5%5%
  • Dry mouth
    7%7%
    1%1%
  • Trouble sleeping
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Abnormal dreams
    5%5%
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    5%5%
  • Anxiety
    5%5%
  • Vomiting
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Changes in blood pressure
    5%5%
    1%1%
  • Constipation
    2%2%
    1%1%
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Risks and Warnings for Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease

    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.

Common concerns from people taking Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa)

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  • 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.