Precautions and Warnings With Carbidopa-Levodopa-Entacapone
Make sure you are aware of the precautions and warnings with carbidopa-levodopa-entacapone before starting the medication. You should not take the drug if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, take a non-selective MAOI, or have an undiagnosed skin lesion. Other carbidopa-levodopa-entacapone warnings and precautions include the safety of taking the drug if you are pregnant and the risk of diarrhea, low blood pressure, or hallucinations in some people.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking carbidopa-levodopa-entacapone (Stalevo®) if you have:
- A bile duct obstruction or gallbladder disease
- Glaucoma (an eye condition)
- Heart problems of any kind
- Malignant melanoma (a type of skin cancer) or any undiagnosed skin lesion
- Any mental illness, including depression
- Lung problems, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- A history of stomach or intestinal ulcers
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.