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CO-CARELDOPA TABLETS 10/100

Active substance: LEVODOPA

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carbidopa/levodopa

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
doctor or pharmacist.

Children and adolescents
Co-Careldopa should not be used in children and
adolescents under 18 years old.
Other medicines and Co-Careldopa
Do NOT take Co-Careldopa in combination with,
or if you have taken in the last 14 days:
antidepressants known as MAOIs e.g. phenelzine,
isocarboxazid, tranylcypromine or moclobemide.
Talk to your doctor if you are taking any of the
following:
anti-psychotic drugs e.g. benperidol, haloperidol,
chlorpromazine, flupentixol, fluphenazine

Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them,
even if their signs of illness are the same as
yours.
pharmacist. This includes any possible side

1. What Co-Careldopa is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take
Co-Careldopa
3. How to take Co-Careldopa
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Co-Careldopa
6. Contents of the pack and other information

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WHAT CO-CARELDOPA IS AND WHAT
IT IS USED FOR

anti-cholinergics e.g. benzatropine, orphenadrine
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking,
have recently taken or might take any other
medicines.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
Do NOT take Co-Careldopa if you are pregnant, or
breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are
planning to have a baby. Ask your doctor for
advice before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
Co-Careldopa can very rarely cause somnolence

Co-Careldopa is known as a dopaminergic medicine.
suddenly, sometimes without prior warning). If
Co-Careldopa Tablets are used to treat Parkinson’s
affected, do NOT drive or operate machinery.
disease, which is caused by a lack of a chemical,
called dopamine in the nervous system. The tablets
HOW TO TAKE CO-CARELDOPA
will help to restore the level of dopamine and help
to reduce the signs and symptoms of the disease.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor
or pharmacist has told you. Check with your
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE
doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
YOU TAKE CO-CARELDOPA
The number of tablets which you should take
each day will depend on your personal needs.
Do NOT take Co-Careldopa if you:
Your doctor will tell you how many tablets to take
levodopa or any of the other ingredients of this each day. During the first few weeks your doctor
may change your dose of Co-Careldopa until it is
exactly right. You may also be given Co-Careldopa
in combination with other medicines.
breast-feeding
are taking any medicines known as “mono-amine The tablets should be swallowed preferably with
a drink of water.

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treat depression) or have taken these within the The recommended dose is:
Adults (including the elderly)
Your doctor will calculate your dose for you
NOT take Co-Careldopa in combination with)
depending on your needs.
to abnormally high pressure in the eye)
Patients already being treated with
levodopa, either on its own or in
you may have skin cancer
combination with another medicine
If you are taking levodopa, either on its own or
shortness of breath or ankle swelling
in combination with another medicine, it will be
discontinued at least 12 hours before starting
treatment with Co-Careldopa.
Warnings and precautions
Use in children and adolescents
Co-Careldopa should not be used in children and
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking
adolescents under 18 years old.
Co-Careldopa if you:
If you take more Co-Careldopa than you should
heart attack and irregular heart beats

tablets all together, or if you think a child has
swallowed any of the tablets, contact your nearest
hospital casualty department or your doctor
immediately. An overdose is likely to cause
irregular heart beats. Please take this leaflet, any
remaining tablets and the container with you to
the hospital or doctor so that they know which
tablets were consumed.
If you forget to take Co-Careldopa
to abnormally high pressure in the eye)
You should continue to take these tablets for as
long as your doctor tells you to. If you forget to
Your doctor will want to monitor you during your take a tablet, take one as soon as you remember,
treatment with Co-Careldopa for the development unless it is nearly time to take the next one. Do
of mental changes, depression with suicidal
not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten
see dose. Take the remaining doses at the correct time.
Section 4, Possible Side Effects).
If you stop taking Co-Careldopa
Tell your doctor if you or your family/carer notices Do not stop taking your medicine without talking
you are developing urges or cravings to behave in to your doctor first even if you feel better.
ways that are unusual for you or you cannot resist Do not stop taking Co-Careldopa suddenly as this
the impulse, drive or temptation to carry out certain can cause muscle problems, fever and mental
activities that could harm yourself or others. These changes to occur. When your doctor decides that
behaviours are called impulse control disorders
you should stop taking Co-Careldopa they will
and can include addictive gambling, excessive
reduce your dose gradually over a period of time.
eating or spending, an abnormally high sex drive
or an increase in sexual thoughts or feelings. Your If you have any further questions on the use of
this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
doctor may need to review your treatments.

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CO-CARELDOPA 10/100 mg, 25/100 mg
AND 25/250 mg TABLETS

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POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop taking the tablets and tell your doctor
immediately or go to the casualty department at
your nearest hospital if the following happens:

sense of stimulation, abnormal breathing

or falling asleep suddenly may also occur.
Reporting of side effects
If you get side effects, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects
not listed in this leaflet.
neck leading to severe difficulty in breathing;
skin rash or hives).
You can also report side effects directly via the
This is a very serious but rare side effect. You may Yellow Card Scheme at:
need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation. www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide
The following serious side effects have been
more information on the safety of this medicine.
reported commonly (may affect up to 1 in 10
people):

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suicidal, paranoia, reduction in cognition.
If you have thoughts of harming or killing
yourself at any time, contact your doctor or go
to a hospital straight away.
by sweating, fast heart rate, high body
temperature, stiff muscles, coma). If you
experience these symptoms, contact your
doctor straight away.
action that could be harmful, which may
include:
Strong impulse to gamble excessively despite
serious personal or family consequences
Altered or increased sexual interest and
behaviour of significant concern to you or to
others, for example, an increased sexual drive

HOW TO STORE CO-CARELDOPA

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of
children.
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original
package.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date that
is stated on the outer packaging. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater
or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
throw away medicines you no longer use. These
measures will help protect the environment.

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CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER
INFORMATION

What Co-Careldopa Tablets contain:

spending

monohydrate and levodopa.
The 10/100 mg tablets contain 10.8 mg carbidopa

a short time period) or compulsive eating

carbidopa anhydrous) and 100 mg levodopa.

than is needed to satisfy your hunger).
Tell your doctor if you experience any of these
behaviours; they will discuss ways of managing
or reducing the symptoms
The following side effects have also been
reported commonly (may affect up to 1 in 10
people):
jerky movements of the body, eyelid twitching

carbidopa anhydrous) and 100 mg levodopa.
carbidopa anhydrous) and 250 mg levodopa.
pregelatinised maize, microcrystalline cellulose,
magnesium stearate. The 10/100 mg and
25/250 mg tablets also contain indigo carmine

The following side effects have been reported less
What Co-Careldopa Tablets look like and contents
frequently (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
of the pack:
causes dizziness, light-headedness or fainting

flat-bevelled tablets, 9.1 mm in diameter, plain
and breakline on each side.
round, flat-bevelled tablets, 9.1 mm in
diameter, plain and breakline on each side.

The following side effects have been reported
rarely (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people):

on each side and breakline on one side.
50, 60, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
The Marketing Authorisation holder and company

This leaflet was last revised: May 2014
The following side effects have also been reported
(frequency cannot be estimated from the available
data):
walking normally, hand shaking, muscle cramp,
lockjaw

in swallowing, grinding of teeth, burning
sensation of the tongue
wind
changes in body weight, water retention causing
swelling in the limbs
sweat

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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