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Carbidopa-levodopa is often prescribed to help people who have Parkinson's disease. This prescription medication can also treat Parkinson-like symptoms caused by certain conditions. It is typically taken three or four times a day and comes in tablet form. While most people tolerate the drug well initially, it is common for more bothersome and serious side effects to occur over time.
What Is Carbidopa-Levodopa?Carbidopa-levodopa (Sinemet®) is a prescription medication used to treat Parkinson's disease. It is also approved to treat parkinsonism (Parkinson-like symptoms) due to encephalitis (inflammation or infection of the brain), manganese poisoning, or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Information on Side EffectsJust like any medicine, carbidopa-levodopa can cause side effects. Most people tolerate it relatively well at first, especially if the dose is slowly increased. If problems do occur, in many cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. As time goes by, it is common for more bothersome and serious side effects to occur.
- Involuntary movements.