What should I watch for?
This medicine may also increase the side effects caused by levodopa-carbidopa like nausea or restless movements. If you notice an increase in or the appearance of certain side effects, contact your physician. The dose of levodopa-carbidopa may need to be lowered. Do not decrease your medicine dose without asking your doctor or health care professional.
You may get dizzy or have difficulty controlling your movements. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks. Dizziness and sleepiness are more common at the beginning of treatment with this medicine.
Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
This medicine may cause urine to look dark yellow to orange or brown in color. This is normal and is not cause for concern.
There have been reports of increased sexual urges or other strong urges such as gambling while taking some medicines for Parkinson's disease. If you experience any of these urges while taking this medicine, you should report it to your health care provider as soon as possible.
You should check your skin often for changes to moles and new growths while taking this medicine. Call your doctor if you notice any of these changes.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Absence of or decrease in body movements
increase in body movements
seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
uncontrolled repetitive movements of the tongue, lips, face, arms, or legs
shortness of breath
unusual tiredness or weakness
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Acid or sour stomach
burning feeling in the chest or stomach
difficult or labored breathing
loss of strength or energy
muscle pain or weakness
sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
small, red spots on the skin
stomach discomfort, upset, or tenderness
tightness in the chest
unusual or unpleasant (after) taste
unusual weak feeling
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.