Lodosyn (Carbidopa) is indicated to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease or Parkinson-like symptoms such as:
- Difficulty moving
This is used with a combination of carbidopa/levodopa product to treat such a condition. Carbidopa should be taken together with a drug that has levodopa to be effective.
How does Lodosyn (Carbidopa) work?
Parkinson’s disease is thought to be caused by too little of a naturally occurring substance (dopamine) in the brain. Lodosyn (Carbidopa) changes into dopamine in the brain, helping to control movement. This medication prevents the breakdown of levodopa in the bloodstream so more levodopa can enter the brain. This may also lessen some of levodopa’s side effects such as nausea and vomiting.
Why use Lodosyn (Carbidopa)?
Lodosyn (Carbidopa) is an inhibitor of aromatic amino acid decarboxylation. Each tablet contains 25mg of carbidopa. It is a white, crystalline compound, and slightly soluble in water. This medication is known as enzyme blocker. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this prescription.
How to use Lodosyn (Carbidopa)?
The dosage is based on your condition and response. If you are taking this for the first time, wait at least 12 hours after your last levodopa dose before starting this medication. Take this medication by mouth with your levodopa dose. Your doctor will usually decrease your levodopa dose when starting Lodosyn (Carbidopa). It is to prevent side effects from too much dopamine. Use this regularly to get the most benefit of it. Follow the prescription of your doctor carefully.
What are the side-effects of Lodosyn (Carbidopa)?
- Vomiting, nausea, dizziness
- Light-headedness, loss of appetite, insomnia
- Unusual dreams, headache, constipation
- Dry mouth, blurred vision, hand tremor
- Muscle twitches, drowsiness, confusion
- Agitation, anxiety, darkening of urine
- Sweat or fatigue
Call for medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction:
- Difficult breathing
- Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
Warnings and Precautions
- This medication is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
- You should not share this or any of your medications to others who have the same symptoms as yours.
- Avoid driving, using any machinery, or do anything that needs your alertness. This drug may make you feel dizzy.
- Do not stop or change the dosage without consulting with your doctor.
- Let your doctor know if you have any medical history, current treatments, or allergies.
- Keep this far from moisture, heat, and reach of children.