General considerations for when and how to take Lodosyn include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth.
- The protein in food can decrease the absorption of Lodosyn into the body. Some healthcare providers recommended taking the medication on an empty stomach or with a low-protein diet.
- The tablets can be split in half if necessary.
- Make sure to take Lodosyn 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. Lodosyn will not work if you stop taking it. Do not stop taking it suddenly without first talking to your healthcare provider.
The dose of Lodosyn your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your current dose of levodopa and other carbidopa products
- How you respond to Lodosyn
- 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 Lodosyn Dosage for more information.)
When used by itself, Lodosyn does not appear to cause side effects. However, it is never used without levodopa, since it has no action to treat Parkinson's disease when used alone.
Common side effects (when combined with levodopa) include but are not limited to:
- Involuntary movements.
(Click Lodosyn Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)