What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. It may be several weeks or months before you feel the full effect of this medicine.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug 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 can increase possible dizziness. Avoid alcoholic drinks. If you find that you have sudden feelings of wanting to sleep during normal activities, like cooking, watching television, or while driving or riding in a car, you should contact your health care professional.
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.
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:
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there (hallucinations)
sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
swelling of the legs
twisting, twitching, or other unusual body movements
unusual tiredness or weakness
worsening of parkinsonism
Abdominal or stomach pain
bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
blood in the urine
burning, pain, or difficulty in urinating
double vision or other eye or vision problems
fear or nervousness
feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
high or low blood pressure
irregular or pounding heartbeat
loss of memory
pain in the arms or legs
pounding in the ears
rapid weight gain
sensation of spinning
slow or fast heartbeat
tightness in chest
tingling of hands or feet
tingling, numbness, or prickly feelings
trouble in concentrating
unusual weight gain or loss
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
Symptoms of overdose
increase in unusual body movements, especially of the face or mouth
lack or loss of strength
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:
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.