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How can carbidopa help with treating Parkinson's disease?

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To curb nausea and other possible side effects from levodopa, doctors usually suggest you take a drug called carbidopa along with it. A combination drug with both medicines is called Sinemet.

Rarely, some people can't handle carbidopa and need to take levodopa alone. If that's the case for you, it's important not to take it at the same time as food or vitamins that have vitamin B6, which can affect how well your medicine works.

SOURCES: 

Journal of the American Medical Association

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

National Parkinson Foundation. 

American Parkinson Disease Foundation. 

Parkinson's UK: "Wearing Off and Dyskinesia."

Teva Pharmaceuticals Inc.

FDA. "FDA approves drug to treat Parkinson’s disease."  

Reviewed by Neil Lava on January 20, 2019

SOURCES: 

Journal of the American Medical Association

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

National Parkinson Foundation. 

American Parkinson Disease Foundation. 

Parkinson's UK: "Wearing Off and Dyskinesia."

Teva Pharmaceuticals Inc.

FDA. "FDA approves drug to treat Parkinson’s disease."  

Reviewed by Neil Lava on January 20, 2019

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