What is Entacapone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Comtan Comtess

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Entacapone is an inhibitor of catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) and is used as an adjunct treatment for patients taking levodopa and carbidopa for Parkinson’s Disease who experience the signs and symptoms of end-of-dose “wearing-off”.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Parkinson's disease 359 140
Increase effect of another treatment 57 36
Wearing off effect 35 17
Stiffness/spasticity 5 3
Improve mobility 2 1
Slow movement (bradykinesia) 2 1

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 13
Moderate 33
Mild 38
None 75

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Entacapone

Side effect Patients
Jerky movements 10
Nausea 9
Diarrhea 7
Digestive problems 5
Constipation 3
Loose bowel movements 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Entacapone

Dosage Patients
200 mg three times daily 13
200 mg four times daily 10
800 mg daily 10
600 mg daily 8
200 mg daily 5
200 mg twice daily 5
200 mg five times daily 5
1,000 mg daily 3
400 mg daily 2
1,200 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Entacapone

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 50
Did not seem to work 37
Doctor's advice 31
Other 20
Expense 11
Course of treatment ended 4
Personal research 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Entacapone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Entacapone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 22
1 - 6 months 33
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 21
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 116
Usually 26
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 17
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 14
A little hard to take 22
Not at all hard to take 115
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 12
$100-199 3
$50-99 11
$25-49 24
< $25 49
Not specified 60

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Entacapone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Carbidopa-Entacapone-Levodopa (Stalevo) 3
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 2
Apomorphine (Apokyn) 1
Ropinirole (Requip) 1
Tolcapone (Tasmar) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Entacapone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Carbidopa Levodopa ER (Rytary XR) 8
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 4
Carbidopa-Entacapone-Levodopa (Stalevo) 1
Carbidopa-Levodopa CR (Sinemet CR) 1
Deep Brain Stimulation (Subthalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching to

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16 patient evaluations for Entacapone

Jan 15, 2017 (Started Mar 20, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for wearing off effect)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have not been on at 10 PM for some time (a year or two or more). But I no longer take comtan because I have had DBS.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: urine orange color

May 22, 2010 (Started Mar 20, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for wearing off effect)
  • Side effects
    Mild (urine orange color)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Since going to three doses a day, I frequently have no off time, from about half an hour after I take the medication first thing in the AM, until 8 or 9 at night. Sometimes I"m still on at 10 PM when I go to bed.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: urine orange color

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Feb 24, 2016 (Started Feb 17, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Daily

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Dec 15, 2015 (Started Dec 14, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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