Generic Name: Levodopa (Oral Inhalation) (lee voe DOE pa)
Brand Name: Inbrija
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jun 10, 2019.
Uses of Inbrija:
- It is used to treat Parkinson's disease.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Inbrija?
- If you have an allergy to Inbrija (levodopa (oral inhalation)) or any part of Inbrija (levodopa (oral inhalation)).
- If you have any of these health problems: Asthma or other breathing problems like COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
- If you have taken certain drugs used for low mood (depression) like isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine in the last 14 days. Taking Inbrija (levodopa (oral inhalation)) within 14 days of those drugs can cause very bad high blood pressure.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Inbrija (levodopa (oral inhalation)).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Inbrija (levodopa (oral inhalation)) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Inbrija?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Inbrija (levodopa (oral inhalation)). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how Inbrija (levodopa (oral inhalation)) affects you.
- To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. Be careful going up and down stairs.
- This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take Inbrija (levodopa (oral inhalation)).
- Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
- Some products may cause a dark red, brown, or black color to appear in your saliva, urine, or sweat. This is not harmful but may discolor your clothes.
- Some people have fallen asleep during activities like driving, eating, or talking. Some people did not feel sleepy and felt alert right before falling asleep. This has happened up to 1 year after Inbrija (levodopa (oral inhalation)) was started. If you fall asleep during activities, do not drive or do other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert while you take Inbrija (levodopa (oral inhalation)). Call your doctor right away if this happens or you feel very sleepy.
- Do not stop taking Inbrija (levodopa (oral inhalation)) all of a sudden or lower your dose without talking to your doctor. Side effects may happen.
- If you are 65 or older, use Inbrija (levodopa (oral inhalation)) with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Inbrija (levodopa (oral inhalation)) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Inbrija) best taken?
Use Inbrija (levodopa (oral inhalation)) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
- Use at the first signs you feel your Parkinson's signs start to come back.
- Only use the device that comes with Inbrija (levodopa (oral inhalation)). Do not use any other devices.
- Wash your hands before use.
- Be sure your hands are dry before you touch Inbrija (levodopa (oral inhalation)).
- Take the capsule out of the foil right before use.
- Do not swallow capsule. The contents of the capsule will be breathed into the lungs.
- Do not open the capsules.
- Do not use capsules that are crushed, damaged, or wet.
- Put the cap back on after you are done using your dose.
- Have your inhaler use checked with your doctor at each visit. Read and follow facts on how to use the inhaler. Make sure you use the inhaler the right way.
- Use new inhaler with each refill.
- If you take an iron product or a multivitamin that has iron, ask your doctor or pharmacist how to take it with Inbrija (levodopa (oral inhalation)). Iron may lower how well your body is able to absorb Inbrija (levodopa (oral inhalation)).
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- This medicine is used on an as needed basis. Do not use more often than told by the doctor.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
- Trouble breathing that is new or worse.
- Change in the way you act.
- Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there).
- Feeling confused.
- Feeling agitated.
- Trouble sleeping.
- Strange or odd dreams.
- Strong urges that are hard to control (such as eating, gambling, sex, or spending money).
- Trouble controlling body movements that is new or worse.
- Dizziness or passing out.
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Sweating a lot.
- Change in eyesight.
- Eye pain.
What are some other side effects of Inbrija?
- Change in color of sputum.
- Signs of a common cold.
- Upset stomach.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
How do I store and/or throw out Inbrija?
- Store at room temperature.
- Store capsules in the original container. Use right after opening.
- Do not store capsules in the inhaler.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Inbrija (levodopa (oral inhalation)), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
More about Inbrija (levodopa)
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- Drug class: dopaminergic antiparkinsonism agents
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