133 patient evaluations for Carbidopa-Levodopa

Dec 30, 2009 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: When taken alone, one dose lasts about an hour or so. When taken with Comtan, "ON" period is extended up to 2 - 2.5 hours. Needs to be taken on empty stomach. Proteins, fats, or a full stomach (even a moderately full feeling) disrupts effectiveness. Rate if absorption is decreased with presence of food in stomach or "ON" period is prevented altogether. Usually takes 40-50 minutes for a dose to kick in. Can be speeded up by disolving tablet in water first or by taking with a cola beverage. Unexpected benefits are when I am "ON", others have a hard time keeping up with me.

  • 7 helpful marks

Jun 16, 2006 (Started Jun 09, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Severe (emotional lability, nausea, skin rash, whole body pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg-100 mg Daily
Side effects: whole body pain, emotional lability, skin rash, nausea, nausea

  • 2 helpful marks

Mar 16, 2010 (Started Jul 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for tremor in hands)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 x 25 mg-100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This drug, along with Mirapex, has controlled the tremor in my hands....get a bit of tremor rarely when really cold or on down times of meds. Dr. just changed me to extended release med due to some "twitching" i have been getting which he thinks may be related to too much of med. I was taking 2 (25/100) pills 4x daily. Now with extended release, which is 50/200, i will take 1 3x day. Will see if this helps.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 7, 2009 (Started Jul 06, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for tremor in hands)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 x 25 mg-100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: taking generic of sinemet and using insurance is much less costly. this med was increased about 6 mos. ago due to slight increase in tremor and start of tremor in other hand. This med along with Mirapex controls my tremors .... off times are early mornings when first arising.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 2 helpful marks
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