Lodosyn

Generic Name: Carbidopa

  • What is Lodosyn?

    Lodosyn is a medicine used in combination with Sinemet (carbidopa-levodopa) or with levodopa to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Lodosyn?

    Lodosyn cannot treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease if you take it.

    Lodosyn can cause mental disturbances. Contact your doctor immediately if you become depressed or experience any thoughts of suicide.

    Lodosyn can cause involuntary movements. Tell your doctor if you notice any of these, as a lower dose may be required.

    Do not change your dose or abruptly discontinue your treatment without first talking to your doctor. A condition that resembles neuroleptic malignant syndrome (a life-threatening brain disorder) can occur if you abruptly stop taking this medication.

  • Who should not take Lodosyn?

    Do not take Lodosyn if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, or if you are taking a nonselective monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), a class of drugs used to treat depression and other psychiatric conditions (such as phenelzine).

    Do not take Lodosyn if you have narrow-angle glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), or if you have undiagnosed skin lesions or a history of melanoma (skin cancer).

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Lodosyn?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Lodosyn. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have severe heart problems, a history of heart attacks, a history of irregular heartbeat, psychosis, skin cancer, stomach ulcers, asthma, lung disorders, kidney or liver impairment, endocrine (hormonal) diseases, or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you, depending on the severity of your condition and other medications you have previously taken.

  • How should I take Lodosyn?

    Take Lodosyn exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication abruptly without first talking to your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Lodosyn?

    Do not change your diet to foods that are high in protein, because this may reduce the absorption of Lodosyn.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Lodosyn?

    If Lodosyn is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Lodosyn with the following: certain antidepressants (such as amitriptyline), iron-containing medications, or MAOIs.

  • What are the possible side effects of Lodosyn?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abdominal pain, abnormal breathing, agitation, allergic reactions, anxiety, back pain, blurred vision, chest pain, confusion, cough, diarrhea, dilated pupils, disorientation, dry mouth, fainting, fever, flushing, heart attack, high or low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, nervousness, sweating, tiredness, weight gain or loss

  • Can I receive Lodosyn if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Lodosyn during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Lodosyn?

    If you miss a dose of Lodosyn, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Lodosyn?

    Store at room temperature.