Sinemet Warnings and Precautions
Before taking Sinemet, warnings and precautions should be reviewed with your healthcare provider. For example, Sinemet can make certain health conditions worse, such as malignant melanoma and certain mental illnesses. Tell your healthcare provider about any medical conditions you have and any other medications you are taking before starting Sinemet. Warnings and precautions also extend to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Sinemet: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Sinemet® (carbidopa-levodopa) if you have:
- Malignant melanoma (a type of skin cancer) or any undiagnosed skin lesions
- Glaucoma (an eye condition)
- Any mental illness, including depression
- Heart problems of any kind
- Lung problems, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- A history of stomach or intestinal ulcers
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.