What is Carbidopa-Entacapone-Levodopa?

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The combination of levodopa, carbidopa, and entacapone is used for Parkinson's Disease. Levodopa is the precursor to dopamine, carbidopa slows the breakdown of levodopa, while entacapone improves the efficacy of levodopa.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Parkinson's Disease 613 268
Stiffness/Spasticity 19 9
Increase effect of another treatment 14 12
Improve mobility 5 4
Tremor in hands 4 2
Slowness (bradykinesia) 3 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 30
Moderate 65
Mild 70
None 111

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Carbidopa-Entacapone-Levodopa

Side effect Patients
Jerky movements (dyskinesia) 36
Nausea 15
Cramps in legs 8
Wearing off increased tremors 8
Dry mouth 7
Fatigue 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Carbidopa-Entacapone-Levodopa

Dosage Patients
25 mg-200 mg-100 mg daily 4
25-200-100 mg five times daily 3
5 x 37.5 mg-200 mg-150 mg daily 3
12.5-200-50 mg three times daily 2
25-200-100 mg three times daily 2
25-200-100 mg four times daily 2
37.5-200-150 mg four times daily 2
50-200-200 mg three times daily 2
3 x 25 mg-200 mg-100 mg daily 2
25 mg-200 mg-100 mg four times daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Carbidopa-Entacapone-Levodopa

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 68
Doctor's advice 63
Did not seem to work 39
Other 33
Expense 22
Personal research 9
Change in health plan coverage 3
Course of treatment ended 1
See all 188 patients who’ve stopped taking Carbidopa-Entacapone-Levodopa

Duration

Currently taking Carbidopa-Entacapone-Levodopa

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 37
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Carbidopa-Entacapone-Levodopa

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 24
1 - 6 months 56
6 months - 1 year 36
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 48
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 210
Usually 49
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 15
Somewhat hard to take 31
A little hard to take 57
Not at all hard to take 173
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 16
$100-199 15
$50-99 29
$25-49 39
< $25 87
Not specified 90

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Carbidopa-Entacapone-Levodopa after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 23
Ropinirole (Requip) 8
Carbidopa Levodopa ER (Rytary XR) 3
Pramipexole (Mirapex) 3
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 2

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Carbidopa-Entacapone-Levodopa and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 12
Carbidopa Levodopa ER (Rytary XR) 8
Entacapone (Comtan) 3
Carbidopa-Levodopa CR (Sinemet CR) 2
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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40 patient evaluations for Carbidopa-Entacapone-Levodopa

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margie99
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margie99
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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Sep 14, 2016 (Started Mar 09, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: stopped taking drug. Possible diarrhea problems caused by this
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 13, 2016 (Started Mar 09, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: No changes
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 15, 2016 (Started Mar 09, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 37.5 mg-200 mg-150 mg Five times daily
Advice & Tips: Diarrhea
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 9, 2016 (Started Mar 09, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 x 37.5 mg-200 mg-150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I eat crackers with medicine.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 18, 2015 (Started Mar 09, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: I eat crackers before taking my medicine
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 16, 2015 (Started Mar 09, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

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BobRolloff
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: b
I have:
Parkinson's

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Jun 8, 2016 (Started Jan 10, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50-200-200 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
pd research advocate
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pd research advocate
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
On
Mouth/throat: none
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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Jul 21, 2015 (Started Feb 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's Disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg-200 mg-100 mg Four times daily
Advice & Tips: Keep on schedule.

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