Parcopa Side Effects
Intolerable Parcopa Side EffectsAs time goes by, many people will begin to experience intolerable side effects of Parcopa. While these side effects are not usually dangerous, they often signify that it is time for your healthcare provider to reevaluate your current Parkinson's disease treatment plan. These often intolerable Parcopa side effects include:
- Wearing off -- the effects of Parcopa wear off earlier and earlier, with noticeable, worsening Parkinson's disease symptoms occurring before every dose of Parcopa.
- Dyskinesia -- involuntary muscle movements usually caused by increased Parcopa doses (which are used in order to reduce the wearing-off effect of Parcopa).
- On-off -- sudden, unpredictable changes in movement, varying from typical Parkinson's movements to a complete lack of movement ("freezing"), possibly occurring several times during the day.
It is thought that minimizing fluctuations of Parcopa levels in the blood may help reduce these intolerable Parcopa side effects.
Serious Parcopa Side EffectsSome side effects with Parcopa are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. Although most of these serious side effects are rare, a few may be common. Serious side effects of Parcopa include, but are not limited to:
- Low blood pressure (hypotension) or high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Symptoms of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), which may occur if Parcopa is stopped too abruptly, such as:
- High fever
- Stiff muscles
- Irregular pulse or blood pressure
- Fast heart rate (tachycardia)
- Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
- Bleeding in the digestive tract
- Intestinal ulcers (known as duodenal ulcers)
- Low white blood cells, red blood cells, or blood platelets
- Heart attack
- Painful penile erection that does not go away (known as priapism)
- Falling or balance problems
- Signs of an allergic reaction, including:
- Unexplained rash
- Swelling of the mouth or throat
- Difficulty breathing.