Effects of TasmarIn clinical studies, Tasmar (with carbidopa-levodopa) was shown to be more effective than just carbidopa-levodopa for Parkinson's treatment. In these studies, people who were experiencing wearing-off fluctuations of their carbidopa-levodopa therapy were given either Tasmar or a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients) to take with each dose of their carbidopa-levodopa. These studies showed that Tasmar helped the carbidopa-levodopa to work longer, with shorter "off" periods (when the medication did not work well) and longer "on" periods (when the medication did work well).
Although studies have also shown that adding Tasmar is useful for people who are not experiencing problems with wearing-off or other symptom fluctuations, the drug is not recommended for such people, as the risks of using it (especially liver failure) outweigh the potential benefits.
When and How to Take TasmarGeneral considerations for when and how to take Tasmar include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth three times daily.
- You can take Tasmar with or without food.
- Make sure to take Tasmar 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. Tasmar will not work if you stop taking it. Do not suddenly stop taking the drug without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Dosing Information for TasmarThe dose of Tasmar 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.
(Click Tasmar Dosage for more information.)