About the drug:
Syndopa (Carbidopa and Levodopa) is the drug used for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The active ingredients present in this drug are-Carbidopa and Levodopa. These two drugs are used in combination to treat the symptoms of the Parkinson’s like shakiness, stiffness and difficulty moving etc. This combination may be used alone or with other medicines for Parkinson's disease.
Uses of the drug:
This drug is approved for use in the treatment of Parkinson’s. The drug is only effective in reducing the severity of symptoms brought on by Parkinson’s disease. This drug does not cure the disease.
Working of the drug:
Levodopa acts as dopamine and helps the brain to function normally. The Dopamine levels falls drastically when the persons becomes a Parkinson’s patient.
Carbidopa prevents the breakdown of Levodopa so that more of the drug is released in the blood stream. Levodopa, the dopamine agonist (the active ingredient in Syndopa) works just like the natural dopamine. It helps the brain to function better and is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, such as stiffness, tremors, muscle spasms, and poor muscle control.
Syndopa 10+100 mg is manufactured by Wyeth Pharma, India. You can buy Syndopa online at medicshoper.com.
Dosage form and strengths:
This drug is available in the tablet form in the following strengths on our website:
- Syndopa 10+100 mg
- Syndopa 250+250 mg
- Syndopa plus 25+100 mg
- Syndopa CR 50+200 mg
Before you take this drug:
Do not take this drug if you:
- Are allergic to this drug or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
- Are pregnant
- Are breastfeeding or planning to breast feed
- Have narcolepsy
- An enlarged prostate
- Are under 18 years of age
- Have urinary problems
- Have severe bladder infection
Tell your doctor if you:
- Have serious kidney problems
- Have serious mental problem
- Have serious heart complaint
- Have intolerances to some sugars like lactose intolerance
How much to take the drug?
The generally recommended dosage is 3 to 4 times a day. Always take the drug dose as prescribed by the doctor only. Never change the dosage, start, or stop using the drug without doctor’s permission. Always complete the dose.
How to take the drug?
Swallow the tablet with one glass full of water. Do not break the tablet. Take the drug exactly as directed. This drug should be combined with well balanced calorie controlled diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables. If the tablet is taken without food then it is more likely that you may feel sick or nauseated. So, it is best to take this medicine with food if you can. You can buy Syndopa online at medicshoper.com.
Take the tablet at the same time each day, so as to avoid forgetting the dose. This should become a habit for you to take the tablet until the doctor tells you to stop the drug.
For how long to take it?
Levodopa and Carbidopa controls Parkinson's disease but does not cure it. It may take several months before you start noticing the full benefit of Levodopa and Carbidopa.
Too much of the drug may cause poisoning effects. You may require urgent medical help in this situation. In such a case visit nearest healthcare center or call your doctor immediately.
In case you forget to take the dose, skip the dose and take the next dose on the recommended time period if it’s too late but if it’s less than 1 hour of the meal then go and take it. Do not double up the dose for the missed one.
Side effects of the drug:
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
- Stomach pain
- Heart burn
- Swelling of legs
- High blood pressure
- Mild drowsiness or sleepiness
- Weight loss
- Trouble having orgasm
In above cases you must go for immediate medical help. Do not get alarmed by the list. You may /may not experience all of them. Tell your doctor immediately in the above situations.
Common drug interactions:
As the drug is associated with Parkinson’s many other Dementia medicines may counteract if taken without the prescription. So, it is necessary to consult your doctor about the following drugs such as:
- Narcotic pain medicines
- Metoclopramide, which is used to treat nausea and heartburn
- Antidepressants like Fluoxamine and Sertraline etc.
Tell the doctor about all the prescription and non prescription drugs including the herbal medications to the doctor before taking the drugs prescribed by him to avoid any kind of drug interaction. Ask your doctor to get the full list of the drugs needed to be avoided while taking the drug as they may interfere it and may cause adverse effects.
Things to remember:
- One should never exceed the dose prescribed by doctor
- Do not give this medicine to anyone else
- This medicine could affect your ability to drive or operate machinery
- Do not give this drug to a child or adolescent under 18 years old
- Do not smoke while taking this medicine as if you are doing so then the doctor might need to change the dose accordingly