Parkinson’s disease affects movement due to problems with the nervous system. It tends to progress over time, but its symptoms can be treated with a range of medications, including Sinemet that was licensed in 1991. Sinemet is recommended by the WHO as a safe and effective medicine.
What Is Sinemet?
It is a drug that combines two medications, including levodopa and carbidopa. It is used for managing the symptoms typical for Parkinson’s disease, including the following:
Poor muscle control;
It cannot affect the course of the disease but can help patients to live a better life. Thanks to carbidopa that is contained in this drug, patients can use a smaller amount of levodopa. This medication is especially recommended for those patients who poorly respond to levodopa. Carbidopa can also help reduce unpleasant symptoms, such as vomiting and nausea. Moreover, it activates more rapid titration of levodopa.
You should use Sinemet only as it is recommended by your healthcare provider. Your nutrition should contain protein and healthy fat. You should not stop taking this drug or lower the dosage without the permission from your healthcare provider. It is recommended to keep a diary of your symptoms. Sinemet should be taken at the same time every day.
What You Should Tell Your Healthcare Provider
You should not use Sinemet if it is not prescribed by your healthcare provider. To make sure that Sinemet is suitable for you, you should tell your doctor if you have the following conditions:
An allergy to carbidopa, levodopa, any other ingredients of Sinemet, foods and other medications or substances;
If you take any other medications.
You should contact your healthcare provider if your symptoms get worse.
What Side Effects May It Cause?
If you use Sinemet, you may experience a range of side effects. The following are the most common of them:
Loss of appetite;
Constipation, and others.
You should contact your doctor right away if you experience at least one of the following severe side effects:
Thoughts of suicide;
Problems with movements;
Increased eye blinking;
Unusual urges to gambling, sex, etc.;
What Drugs Should Not Be Taken Along with Sinemet?
You should carefully use other medications along with Sinemet because of the risk of drug interactions. Particularly, you should avoid taking the following medicines:
Antipsychotic drugs (haloperidol, chlorpromazine, thioridazine, etc.);
High blood pressure medications (reserpine, methyldopa, etc.);
MAO inhibitors (methylene blue, moclobemide, linezolid, procarbazine, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, etc.);
Also, you should be especially careful when using products containing iron, because they may reduce the ability of the drug to be absorbed by your body.