What is Duopa?
- What should I tell my doctor?
- How should I use this drug?
- What if I miss a dose?
- Where should I store this drug?
What should I tell my doctor?TOP
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- drink alcohol
- feel sleepy or have fallen asleep suddenly during the day
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
- history of irregular heartbeat
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- low blood pressure
- lung or breathing disease, like asthma
- melanoma, skin cancer, or suspicious skin lesions
- mental illness
- nerve problems
- problems with fainting
- stomach or intestine problems or surgery
- an unusual or allergic reaction to levodopa, carbidopa, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this drug?TOP
Your prescribed dose will be programmed into your pump by a healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will show you how to use this medication cassette with the pump before you use it for the first time. See the "Instructions for Use" for complete instructions. Your dose will only be changed by your healthcare provider or while you are with your healthcare provider. Do not stop using this medicine or change your dose without the approval of your healthcare provider.
This medicine should be used at room temperature. Take one medication cassette out of the refrigerator and out of the carton 20 minutes prior to use. Use the product at room temperature or you may not get the right dose. The medicine is given continuously over 16 hours. A small pump (CADD-Legacy 1400) is used to move the medicine from the medication cassette into your PEG-J tube. Each cassette can only be used one time. An opened cassette should not be reused. The cassette should not be used for longer than 16 hours.
Disconnect the pump from your PEG-J tube after the 16 hour dosing time is finished. Use a syringe filled with room temperature water to flush your PEG-J tube. After your daily infusion, you should take your usual night time dose of oral carbidopa-levodopa tablets as prescribed. Keep a supply of oral regular-release carbidopa-levodopa tablets with you in case you are unable to receive your infusion.
This medication is not used in children.
What if I miss a dose?TOP
If you stop your infusion for more than 2 hours during your 16 hour dosing time for any reason, call your healthcare provider and take oral carbidopa-levodopa tablets as prescribed until you are able to restart your infusion. If you stop your infusion for less than 2 hours, you do not need to take the carbidopa-levodopa tablets, but your healthcare provider may tell you to take an extra dose of your infusion.
Keep a supply of oral immediate-release carbidopa-levodopa tablets with you in case you are unable to receive your infusion.
Where should I store this drug?TOP
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store unopened cassettes in the refrigerator between 2 degrees C and 8 degrees C (36 degrees F to 46 degrees F). Do not freeze. Protect the cassette from light and keep it in the carton before using. Use before the expiration date printed on the cassette. Throw away any expired medicine.
Once a carton is removed from the refrigerator, opened, or in use, discard after 16 hours, even if it contains medication. Use before the expiration date printed on the cassette.