Sinemet is often prescribed to be taken either alone or with other meds to treat the bothering symptoms resulted by Parkinson’s disease and similar signs, such as stiffness, difficult moving and shaking. This condition is supposed to be caused by dopamine in the brain, and this medication works by changing it and helping patients to control their movement.
How to Take Sinemet Correctly
Take this medication orally, with your meals, 3-4 times a day. Most patients take their initial dosage in the morning, and this treatment starts at lower doses to prevent the possibility of unwanted side effects. All the directions given by doctors must be followed precisely. It’s necessary to avoid any high-protein dieting plans, because they may prevent the right absorption of Sinemet. This medication should be taken regularly to experience its full benefit, and its right dosage is always based on individual tolerance. Some patients may experience reduced effectiveness just before the next dose is due.
Possible Sinemet Side Effects
There are certain side effects caused by its intake, but they are quite rare. For example, some patients may end up with the following symptoms:
Headaches and dizziness;
Nausea and vomiting;
Difficulty sleeping and allergic reactions.
The good news is that most of these side effects are mild, so the following severe adverse effects are very rare:
Fainting and irregular heartbeats;
Sudden mood and mental changes;
Increased eye twitching and blinking;
Hallucinations and confusion;
Depression and suicidal thoughts;
Worsening of involuntary spasms and movements;
Easy bruising and bleeding;
Signs of new infections;
Sudden vision changes and tingling of feet and hands;
Seizures and chest pain;
High fever and shallow or fast breathing;
Unusual sweating and muscle stiffness;
Black or tarry stools and severe vomiting.
The intake of Sinemet may also cause your saliva, sweat and urine turn black, brown or red, but this symptom is harmless.
Basic Sinemet Precautions
Before you take your first dose, be sure to tell doctors about any allergies and your medical history, especially if you have specific eye problems, bleeding disorders, blood vessel and heart issues, kidney and liver complications, mood and mental disorders, seizures, peptic ulcers, etc. The intake of Sinemet may make you dizzy or cause blurred vision, so you should avoid driving or doing other things that require clear vision and your full alertness. Don’t drink alcoholic beverages when using this medication.
Finally, don’t combine Sinemet with certain medications because of an increased risk of having dangerous drug interactions. This medicine shouldn’t be combined with MAO inhibitors, iron supplements, other drugs for Parkinson’s disease, medications for hypertension, antidepressants, antipsychotics, some sedatives and other medicines. This treatment may also interfere with some lab tests.