Carbidopa is not available as a product on its own.
Carbidopa is an antiparkinsonism agent.
Antiparkinsonism agents are drugs that relieve the symptoms of Parkinsonism and
are effective in countering the involuntary muscle movement often associated
with the disease.
In South Africa carbidopa is registered for the treatment of Parkinson's
Carbidopa is only used in combination with levodopa, another drug indicated
for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Levodopa is turned into dopamine in
the body, a chemical messenger in the brain, a hortage of which causes
Carbidopa is combined with levodopa to prevent the breakdown of levodopa
before it can reach the brain where it exerts its effect. On its own carbidopa
has no effect on Parkinson’s disease.
Drug schedule: schedule 4
What does it do? Carbidopa enhance
the effect of levodopa in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and also reduce
the side effects of levodopa.
Overdose risk: medium
Is carbidopa available on prescription only? yes
Stopping this medicine: do not stop taking this drug without
consulting your doctor.
Special precautions Consult your doctor before using this drug if:
- you are currently being, or in the last 14 days have been, treated with
monoamine oxidase inhibitor antidepressants
- you have liver or kidney disease
- you have glaucoma
- you have skin cancer
- you have heart disease
- you have high blood pressure
- you have a stomach or duodenal ulcer
- you have depression
- you have a history of mental health problems
Pregnancy: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your
baby. Consult your doctor before using this drug, or if you are planning to fall
Breastfeeding: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may
affect your baby. Consult your doctor before use.
Porphyria: avoid. It
is unknown how this medication may affect your condition. Consult your doctor
Infants and children: this medication is not intended for
use in children.
Elderly: no special precautions need to be
Driving and hazardous work: caution is advised as use of this
medication may lead to dizziness, light-headedness and/or sedation. Avoid such
activities until you know how this medication affects you.
special precautions need to be taken.
A small overdose is no cause for concern. In case
of intentional large overdose, seek emergency medical attention.
This material is not intended to substitute medical advice, but is
for informational purposes only. Please consult a physician for specific
treatment and recommendations.