Basic Information On Stalevo
Levodopa (one component of Stalevo) is converted into a chemical known as dopamine in the brain. Low levels of this chemical can cause signs of Parkinson's disease. Carbidopa helps in preventing the breaking down of levodopa before it reaches the brain and takes effect. When entacapone is used with levodopa and carbidopa, it increases levodopa levels in the body. These three substances in combination are used for the treatment of Parkinson symptoms like tremors, muscle stiffness, poor muscle control and spasms. You may require several weeks of medication before your symptoms improve. You should take Stalevo as prescribed by the doctor, for best results.
Precautions/Side Effects For Stalevo
Stalevo (carbidopa, entacapone, and levodopa) can lead to increase in sexual urges or unusual urge to gamble. This medicine can lead to hallucinations. Some regulatory authorities have categorized brand or generic Stalevo as a category C drug, for pregnancy. This means that it is still unclear if the Stalevo drug is harmful to the unborn baby. You should consult your doctor before taking this medication, if you are planning to get pregnant or if you are pregnant. This medicine can pass into breast milk and cause harm to a nursing baby.
Side effects of brand or generic Stalevo are, sweating, nausea, a feeling of loss of conscious- ness, confusion, depression, hallucinations, thoughts about hurting yourself, unusual behavior or thoughts, uncontrollable movements of lips, eyes, face, tongue, arms, legs or neck, tremor and muscle pain. You may also experience a tight feeling in your chest, difficulty in breathing, easy bleeding or bruising, tarry or bloody stools and chest pain or heavy feeling while taking entacapone, carbidopa and levodopa.
The recommended dosage of Stalevo 50, Stalevo 75, Stalevo 100, Stalevo 125 and Stalevo 150 is 8 tablets to be taken on a daily basis. As there is limited experience with the total every day dosage of carbidopa of more than 300 mg, the recommended dosage of Stalevo 200, is 6 tablets, to be taken on a daily basis. Stalevo tablets are available in 6 strengths. Every tablet has 1:4 ratio of carbidopa to levodopa in combination with 200 mg of entacapone. The daily dosage of this medicine is determined by the doctor after careful titration in each patient.
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