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Although some people may not experience Parcopa side effects when they first start their treatment, many people will begin to experience significant and sometimes intolerable side effects after using Parcopa for several years. Some of the merely bothersome (not usually dangerous) side effects that may appear in people taking this medication include drowsiness, nausea, and headaches. However, some of the serious side effects can include hallucinations, irregular heart rhythms, and internal bleeding.

An Introduction to Parcopa Side Effects

As with any medicine, Parcopa® (orally disintegrating carbidopa-levodopa) may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. Many people tolerate it relatively well, at least initially. If side effects do occur, they are often minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. However, many people will begin to experience significant and sometimes intolerable Parcopa side effects after several years of use.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Parcopa. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Parcopa side effects with you.)
 

Bothersome Side Effects of Parcopa

Although Parcopa can cause some serious side effects, many side effects of Parcopa are merely bothersome and often require no treatment. Such side effects include:
 
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite, weight loss, or weight gain
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Dry mouth, taste changes, or drooling
  • Shoulder, leg, or back pain
  • Muscle cramps
  • Hair loss
  • Gas or hiccups
  • Teeth grinding
  • Drowsiness or insomnia
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain), diarrhea, or constipation
  • General weakness or fatigue
  • Increased sweating or dark (red, brown, or black) saliva, sweat, or urine
  • Headaches
  • Increased sex drive (libido)
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs, such as a bladder infection)
  • Coughing
  • Flushing or hot flashes.
     
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