Your healthcare provider will determine your Tasmar dosage based on how you respond to the drug, other medications you may already be taking, and any other existing medical conditions you have. In general, the recommended starting dose for treating Parkinson's disease is 100 mg three times daily. If necessary, your healthcare provider can increase your Tasmar dose up to 200 mg three times daily.
Tasmar Dosage: An IntroductionThe dose of Tasmar® (tolcapone) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to Tasmar (especially if you develop dangerous 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.
Tasmar Dosage for Parkinson's DiseaseTasmar is always used in combination with carbidopa-levodopa products (Sinemet®, Sinemet CR, or Parcopa®). The recommended Tasmar dosage for Parkinson's disease treatment is Tasmar 100 mg three times daily. Your healthcare provider may increase your dose up to Tasmar 200 mg three times daily, but only if absolutely necessary, as the higher dose increases the risk of liver problems. If you do not experience any noticeable benefit from Tasmar within three weeks, let your healthcare provider know, as the drug should only be taken if it is beneficial.
The first Tasmar dose of the day should be taken with your first carbidopa-levodopa dose of the day. The second dose of the day should be given about six hours later, with the third dose taken about six hours after the second dose.
Do not suddenly stop taking Tasmar, as it may cause a serious group of side effects known as neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). Symptoms of NMS include:
- A high fever
- Stiff muscles
- Irregular pulse or blood pressure
- A fast heart rate (tachycardia)
- Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias).