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There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD), only treatments that will help to control your symptoms of tremors, stiffness, and movements that are slow. Sinemet CR or generic Carbidopa/Levodopa Controlled Release is formulated to help decrease the “wearing off” effects that can occur between the doses of your regular medication, especially as this degenerative disorder progresses. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
The 2 active ingredients in Sinemet CR are Carbidopa and Levodopa. Carbidopa has no effect on Parkinson’s disease when taken alone but is almost always taken with Levodopa. It is a decarboxylase inhibitor that works by preventing Levodopa from being converted to dopamine before it enters your brain. Dopamine is an essential neurotransmitter that helps the brain control motor functions. Once Levodopa enters the brain, it is converted to dopamine in order to increase the amount of this neurotransmitter so your PD symptoms are improved. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to delay or lessen your symptoms as PD progresses!
There are several factors that can put you at a higher risk for PD. These include your advancing age, genetics, gender, exposure to toxins, and certain drugs you may be taking for other conditions. You may begin to notice a tremor in your hand or hands, your movements are slow, muscles appear rigid or stiff, and your coordination and balance may be impaired. As the disease progresses, more symptoms can appear, including a stooped posture, fatigue, involuntary movements, expressionless, speech problems, and impaired motor skills.
Although only a small percentage of younger people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, if you are child bearing age, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding, discuss the risks and benefits of taking Sinemet CR during this time. Explain other conditions or allergies you have to your doctor and list all OTC and Rx drugs you currently take or use to determine if Sinemet CR is right for you.
Keep Sinemet CR and all other meds out of children’s reach and never share with others. Until you know how Sinemet CR will affect you, do not attempt any activity that requires you to be alert. Do not crush, chew, or cut Sinemet CR as it is a controlled release drug and can increase your risk of side effects unless you swallow whole with fluids. Do not stop, start, or change the dosage of any medications you use or take without talking to your doctor first.