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When and How to Take Carbidopa-Levodopa

General considerations to keep in mind when taking this medicine include the following:
 
  • Carbidopa-levodopa comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth, usually three or four times a day.
     
  • The protein in food can decrease the absorption of carbidopa-levodopa into the body. Some healthcare providers recommended taking the medication on an empty stomach or with a low-protein diet.
     
  • Make sure to take carbidopa-levodopa at the same times each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
     
  • For this medicine to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Carbidopa-levodopa will not work if you stop taking it. Do not stop taking the drug suddenly without first talking to your healthcare provider.
     

Who Makes It?

Brand-name carbidopa-levodopa is made by Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc., for Merck & Co., Inc. Generic versions are made by various manufacturers.
 

Available Strengths

Carbidopa-levodopa tablets are available in the following strengths:
 
  • Carbidopa-levodopa 10-100 mg (10 mg of carbidopa and 100 mg of levodopa)
  • Carbidopa-levodopa 25-100 mg (25 mg of carbidopa and 100 mg of levodopa)
  • Carbidopa-levodopa 25-250 mg (25 mg of carbidopa and 250 mg of levodopa).
     

Generic Carbidopa-Levodopa

This drug is available in generic form (see Generic Sinemet).
 
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