General considerations for when and how to take Comtan include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth along with each dose of carbidopa-levodopa.
- You can take Comtan with or without food.
- Make sure to take your dosages at the same times each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Comtan will not work if you stop taking it. Do not stop taking it suddenly without first talking to your healthcare provider.
The dose of Comtan your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How often you take carbidopa-levodopa
- How you respond to Comtan (especially if you develop bothersome side effects)
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Comtan Dosage for more information.)
Comtan is never used without carbidopa-levodopa, since it has no effect on Parkinson's disease without levodopa.
Common side effects (when combined with carbidopa-levodopa) include but are not limited to:
- Involuntary movements (dyskinesia)
- Urine discoloration
(Click Comtan Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)