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User Reviews for Rytary

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Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Parkinson's Disease 4.9
18 reviews 55 medications

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Reviews for Rytary

Hobbs · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 7, 2020

For Parkinson's Disease: “Diagnosed with PD at age 62. I am now 78. I take 8 capsules of Rytary 245 daily and supplement with carbidopa/levodopa 25/100 as needed. It is the best extender so far. I was getting too much dyskinesia from entacapone. The cost is very high with my medicare advantage plan. Over $500 per month my cost when in the drug coverage gap.”

8 / 10
Alma February 17, 2020

For Parkinson's Disease: “My 87 year old dad has had Parkinson's disease since 2014 he’s been on 25/100 Mg C/L 2 pills 2 x a day... then my dad’s left leg looked really weak like 3 wks ago and his neuro put him on Rytary 48.75 mg/195 2 pills 3 x a day. First dose he took at night (after his first 2 doses of CL- morning and mid afternoon) he was able to sleep all night and had more strength in his left leg. But 2 1/2 wks later he started hallucinating and seeing goats and people talking and hanging out the living room window. His stress level was up and he had the worst shakes. He was restless and little sleep. Neuro said to give him dose with food but my mom and my dad were exhausted of the hallucinations and little sleep. So we skipped his evening dose of Rytary and he slept all night till late morning and we gave him CL again and this time 2 pills 3 x a day. Still monitoring him to see how he does. I wonder if we can give him CL and then one dose of Rytary in evening??”

5 / 10
cjdeangelo67 · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 20, 2020

For Parkinson's Disease: “I've been taking Rytary for over two years now. I am on a high dosage and have tolerated it well. 4 capsules 4x a day, 36.25-145mg. I also take 100mg of Amantadine 3x a day to help with any dyskinesia.”

8 / 10
Gig · Taken for less than 1 month January 2, 2020

For Parkinson's Disease: “I never took illegal drugs but my experience was like I heard when people took LSD. I had horrid hallucinatory dreams, sweating depression, increased anger, lack of impulsive control, weight gain all within two weeks. Having parkinsons is better than the side effects I had with this drug”

1 / 10
DOLLIE · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 23, 2019

For Parkinson's Disease: “Rytary seems to work but I have morning nausea”

5 / 10
andy · Taken for 1 to 2 years October 28, 2019

For Parkinson's Disease: “I have been using Rytary for a year. 1 pill 6 times a day. The past 2 months I have had hallucinations, falling asleep at breakfast and all during the day. Not able to function very well, falling asleep with hot or cold drinks in my hand and not knowing I was spilling liquid everywhere. The hallucinations are very real and vivid and frightening. Rytary is not helping me physically at all? Up until 2 months ago it was great and now it has turned against me!”

3 / 10
IceQueen · Taken for less than 1 month September 9, 2018

For Parkinson's Disease: “I have been on this medication for 2.5 days. Within the first 6 hours. I had a profound change for better . I felt like I was no longer trying to move my body and mind through jello my mind is clearer and my body feels freer. I feel like I'm back! I am praying that this will continue!”

10 / 10
Your Nickname · Taken for 2 to 5 years November 13, 2017

For Parkinson's Disease: “I've been on Rytary since 2015 and at times was on 5 pills 4 x a day of the 48.75-195 dosage. Partial neuroleptic seizures were a result, mild psychosis, paranoia, anxiety, mood swings, depression, dyskenisia dystonia, impulse control, sleeplesness, among others, all things I've dealt with at some point along the way. I'm now on 3 pills 5 times a day. With a small dose of 2mg artane in between 4 x a day. I have not been able to really lock down whatever makes it work. It is wildly inconsistent but when it's on it's on, and I get some normal time. Certain strains of medical marijuana help increase the efficacy of this drug. Kicks in sooner and can give me up to 6-7 hours of normal time. Instead of 1hr to kick in and 1-2 hrs normal time.”

3 / 10
No way Sinemet · Taken for 2 to 5 years October 31, 2017

For Parkinson's Disease: “My wife was placed on Rytary and was doing fine. We switched doctors, and she was taken off Rytary and was give Sinemet and she went down hill to the point we had to cancel a vacation. We switched her back to Rytary, and will not go back. If you have Parkinson's, try Rytary, you may do much better.”

8 / 10
Anonymous June 3, 2017

For Parkinson's Disease: “I've been taking Rytary since Feb 2016, I settled in on taking 3 capsules of Rytary 48.75mg/195mg 4 times a day & 1 capsule of Rytary 61.25 mg / 245 mg at bedtime initially this dosing combination allowed me to achieve virtually no down time until, I experienced some serious stress which eventually led to 4 to 6 hours of off time a day as well as significant dyskinesia between doses, especially as the day wore on. Next I was favorably evaluated and underwent DBS surgery in Feb 2017 with stimulation I'm still on the same day dose, but have stopped taking 2 capsules Rytary 48.75mg/195mg at bedtime with virtually no down time and no noticeable dyskinesia. Rytary has work very well for me during this time. With DBS hope to reduce daily Rytary”

10 / 10
gar wootton · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 19, 2017

For Parkinson's Disease: “I took Rytary for approximately 1 month in 2016. The worst experience in the 14 years I have had Parkinson's disease. My Neuro tried different doses at different times of the day, it would only work with Sinemet to help kickstart at first, after about a week it was no longer predictable. Several times I had to crawl because I could not walk, once I got up to go the bathroom but could not cross the threshold and had to urinate on the floor. The last day my Neuro asked me to try 4 capsules at once as a last resort, It was 2 hours before I could get out of bed! I still feel the effects to this day.”

1 / 10
nurhan · Taken for less than 1 month March 29, 2017

For Parkinson's Disease: “The initial results seemed to improve on times, compared with Sinemet, however the side effects had a devastating impact on my family relationships. Out of nowhere I became a compulsive gambler. Other issues of sleeplessness, hypersexaulity ,anxiety, just to name a few. The minute I stopped using Rytary all these issues went away. To be fair, impulse control issues were a concern with the regular Sinemet product but I was always able to stop the above negative behaviors. Rytary warning label spells out these side effects so anyone with impulse control problems should be on guard when trying this product.”

2 / 10
GrrrBear · Taken for 6 months to 1 year December 30, 2016

For Parkinson's Disease: “I have been on Rytary for 10 months. At first it worked well: 2 pills (23.75mg,95mg) 3 times a day with one at bedtime. Since the 6th month I have had INCREASING DYSKINESIA and muscle cramps. In November they were unstoppable and I had to go to the hospital for a relaxant IV. (The ER did not know what the heck to do). I was screaming with pain. I am trying different doses and times but I believe the delivery is defective and uneven. I have no control over the delivery. I do not think my PD disease could have progressed tha t fast in 4 months. I was "stable" and in control on Sinemet. :1/2 S. 25/100 every two hours for a total of 450 to 500 mg a day. I was sleeping well. Now I am bent over, in PAIN, never know how I will be.”

4 / 10
Kbsdaughter · Taken for less than 1 month August 31, 2016

For Parkinson's Disease: “My mom was switched to Rytary to decrease off periods. She used to be able to walk one mile. At first the Rytary seemed great, but then her neurologist couldn't get a dose that worked consistently. The manufacturer says absorption is 70%, her Neuro says 50%, but sometimes it was 0% and when we would add some immediate release levodopa, she would get horrible dyskinesia. She could barely walk and we've switched back to old meds with little improvement. I regret ever switching!!”

1 / 10
MissLadyToo September 18, 2015

For Parkinson's Disease: “I am a 63 year old female and have had Parkinson's for 3 years. Sinemet worked well for me but I was beginning to have down time between doses. My neurologist started me on Rytary and I took it for 2 months. Rytary gave me more energy and less downtime between doses but had horrible side effects. I tried adjusting my dosages but no improvement. I was unable to sleep, had nausea and vomiting, lost significant weight, had chills and Ivey hands but sweat ran from my face. My temp after the last dose of the day ran 96.9. Then, I started having chest pains. I take Azilect so that may have caused the Rytary to have a stronger effect. I was in bed most of the day. Switched back to Sinement with doses every 3 hrs and feel great!”

2 / 10
David age 65 · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 4, 2015

For Parkinson's Disease: “Been taking Rytary for 5 months. First was on 3 pills 3 times a day and did really well. The last 2 months it has been 3 pills 4 times a day. I have been feeling agitated, nervous, seeing things that are not there and thinking my home is the place I used to work. I am afraid of hurting my wife and have terrible night dreams. I feel I have no where to turn for help. I only see a PA when I go to the doctor and she just gives me more medicine some of which has very serious side effects and has recommended DBS. These symptoms are a daily occurrence and I hope it is not the drug.”

8 / 10
54 yr old · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 14, 2015

For Parkinson's Disease: “I've been on Rytary for 6 weeks. I take it 3 times a day, 3 pills at each dose. It is unpredictable at times. There are days that I get a full 6 hour benefit without wearing off. But food creates a problem with its effectiveness. There are other times that I'm on an empty stomach, but it does not allow me to have mobility until it kicks in. Other times it kicks in right away, then there's a period not working so well , and then it works again at the 5th hour. I'm really studying all the variables such as my sleep, food intake and stress levels. If I have stress, Rytary ceases to work. Perhaps I need to increase my dose. I'll discuss with my doc this week. But overall it has been much better than Sinemet which gave me 2 1/2 hours.”

6 / 10
Banoojun · Taken for less than 1 month March 12, 2015

For Parkinson's Disease: “I have been taking Rytary for the last 9 days, and it worked great at night since I was sleep. But it worked about 30%-40% for me as soon as I put something in my mouth. I had a small apple yesterday and took my pills 2 1/2 hours later, and I was stiff, with almost no movement for the next 2 hours. Today I had a very light vegii lunch at noon, took Rytary at 3pm which worked about 30%, and I finally decided to take my Parcopaat 6pm on top of Rytary! I would vote for Rytary at night only.”

3 / 10