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Levodopa, Carbidopa, and Entacapone

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jun 30, 2020.

Pronunciation

(lee voe DOE pa, kar bi DOE pa, & en TA ka pone)

Index Terms

  • Carbidopa, Entacapone, and Levodopa
  • Carbidopa, Levodopa, and Entacapone
  • Carbidopa/Levodopa/Entacapone
  • Entacapone, Carbidopa, and Levodopa

Dosage Forms

Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling.

Tablet:

Stalevo 50: Levodopa 50 mg, carbidopa 12.5 mg, and entacapone 200 mg

Stalevo 75: Levodopa 75 mg, carbidopa 18.75 mg, and entacapone 200 mg

Stalevo 100: Levodopa 100 mg, carbidopa 25 mg, and entacapone 200 mg

Stalevo 125: Levodopa 125 mg, carbidopa 31.25 mg, and entacapone 200 mg

Stalevo 150: Levodopa 150 mg, carbidopa 37.5 mg, and entacapone 200 mg

Stalevo 200: Levodopa 200 mg, carbidopa 50 mg, and entacapone 200 mg

Generic: Levodopa 50 mg, carbidopa 12.5 mg, and entacapone 200 mg; Levodopa 75 mg, carbidopa 18.75 mg, and entacapone 200 mg; Levodopa 100 mg, carbidopa 25 mg, and entacapone 200 mg; Levodopa 125 mg, carbidopa 31.25 mg, and entacapone 200 mg; Levodopa 150 mg, carbidopa 37.5 mg, and entacapone 200 mg; Levodopa 200 mg, carbidopa 50 mg, and entacapone 200 mg

Brand Names: U.S.

  • Stalevo

Pharmacologic Category

  • Anti-Parkinson Agent, COMT Inhibitor
  • Anti-Parkinson Agent, Decarboxylase Inhibitor
  • Anti-Parkinson Agent, Dopamine Precursor

Pharmacology

Levodopa: The metabolic precursor of dopamine, a chemical depleted in Parkinson's disease. Levodopa is able to circulate in the plasma and cross the blood-brain-barrier (BBB), where it is converted by striatal enzymes to dopamine.

Carbidopa: Inhibits the peripheral plasma breakdown of levodopa by inhibiting its decarboxylation; increases available levodopa at the BBB

Entacapone: A reversible and selective inhibitor of catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT). Alters the pharmacokinetics of levodopa, resulting in more sustained levodopa serum levels and increased concentrations available for absorption across the BBB.

Metabolism

Levodopa: Two major pathways (decarboxylation and O-methylation) of metabolism; Carbidopa inhibits the decarboxylation of levodopa to dopamine in the peripheral tissue to allow greater levodopa distribution into the CNS; Entacapone: Isomerization to the cis-isomer, followed by direct glucuronidation of the parent and cis-isomer

Excretion

Levodopa: Urine (as metabolites); Carbidopa: Urine (30% as unchanged drug; also as metabolites); Entacapone: Feces (90%); urine (10%; <1% as unchanged drug)

Time to Peak

Levodopa: ~1 to 2 hours; Carbidopa: 2.5 to 3.4 hours; Entacapone: ~1 hour

Half-Life Elimination

Levodopa: 1.7 hours (range: 1.1 to 3.2 hours); Carbidopa: 1.6 to 2 hours (range ~1 to 4 hours); Entacapone: ~1 hour (range: 0.3 to 4.5 hours)

Protein Binding

Levodopa: ~10% to 30%; Carbidopa: ~36%; Entacapone: 98% (primarily to albumin

Use: Labeled Indications

Parkinson disease: Treatment of Parkinson disease.

Contraindications

Use of nonselective MAO inhibitor therapy with or within 14 prior days; narrow-angle glaucoma

Canadian labeling: Additional contraindications (not in US labeling): Hypersensitivity to levodopa, carbidopa, entacapone, or any component of the formulation; clinical or laboratory evidence of uncompensated cardiovascular, endocrine, hematologic, pulmonary (including bronchial asthma), or renal disease; history of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) and/or nontraumatic rhabdomyolysis; hepatic impairment; pheochromocytoma; when administration of a sympathomimetic amine is contraindicated; suspicious, undiagnosed skin lesions or a history of melanoma

Dosing: Adult

Note: All strengths of Stalevo contain a carbidopa/levodopa ratio of 1:4 plus entacapone 200 mg.

Parkinson disease: Oral: Dose should be individualized based on therapeutic response; doses may be adjusted by changing strength or adjusting interval. Fractionated doses are not recommended and only 1 tablet should be given at each dosing interval; maximum daily dose: 8 tablets of Stalevo 50, 75, 100, 125, or 150, or 6 tablets of Stalevo 200. Patients receiving <70 to 100 mg of the carbidopa component may experience nausea and vomiting.

Patients previously treated with carbidopa/levodopa immediate release tablets (ratio of 1:4):

With current entacapone therapy: May switch directly to corresponding strength of combination tablet. No data available on transferring patients from controlled release preparations or products with a 1:10 ratio of carbidopa/levodopa.

Without entacapone therapy:

If current levodopa dose is >600 mg daily or history of moderate or severe dyskinesias: Levodopa dose reduction may be required when adding entacapone to therapy; therefore, titrate dose using individual products first (carbidopa/levodopa immediate release with a ratio of 1:4 plus entacapone 200 mg); then transfer to combination product once stabilized.

If current levodopa dose is <600 mg and without a history of dyskinesias: May transfer to corresponding dose of combination product; monitor, dose reduction of levodopa may be required.

Patients previously treated with benserazide/levodopa immediate release tablets [Canadian product]: With current entacapone therapy: Prior to switching to combination product (carbidopa/levodopa/entacapone), withhold treatment for 1 night, then initiate (carbidopa/levodopa/entacapone) therapy the following morning at a dose that provides either an equivalent amount or ~5% to 10% more levodopa.

Dosage adjustment for concomitant therapy: Significant drug interactions exist, requiring dose/frequency adjustment or avoidance. Consult drug interactions database for more information.

Dosing: Geriatric

Refer to adult dosing.

Administration

Oral: Swallow tablet whole; do not crush, break, or chew. Only 1 tablet should be administered at each dosing interval. May be administered without regard to meals; absorption may be delayed 2 hours if given with a high-fat, high-calorie meal.

Dietary Considerations

Distribute protein intake throughout the day to avoid fluctuations in levodopa absorption. Separate dosing of iron supplements and multivitamins with minerals.

Storage

Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F).

Drug Interactions

Alcohol (Ethyl): CNS Depressants may enhance the CNS depressant effect of Alcohol (Ethyl). Monitor therapy

Alfuzosin: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy

Alizapride: May diminish the therapeutic effect of Anti-Parkinson Agents (Dopamine Agonist). Avoid combination

Amifostine: Blood Pressure Lowering Agents may enhance the hypotensive effect of Amifostine. Management: When amifostine is used at chemotherapy doses, blood pressure lowering medications should be withheld for 24 hours prior to amifostine administration. If blood pressure lowering therapy cannot be withheld, amifostine should not be administered. Consider therapy modification

Amisulpride (Injection): May diminish the therapeutic effect of Anti-Parkinson Agents (Dopamine Agonist). Avoid combination

Amisulpride (Oral): Anti-Parkinson Agents (Dopamine Agonist) may diminish the therapeutic effect of Amisulpride (Oral). Amisulpride (Oral) may diminish the therapeutic effect of Anti-Parkinson Agents (Dopamine Agonist). Avoid combination

Antipsychotic Agents (First Generation [Typical]): Anti-Parkinson Agents (Dopamine Agonist) may diminish the therapeutic effect of Antipsychotic Agents (First Generation [Typical]). Antipsychotic Agents (First Generation [Typical]) may diminish the therapeutic effect of Anti-Parkinson Agents (Dopamine Agonist). Management: Avoid concomitant therapy if possible. If antipsychotic use is necessary, consider using atypical antipsychotics such as clozapine, quetiapine, or ziprasidone at lower initial doses, or a non-dopamine antagonist (eg, pimavanserin). Exceptions: Methotrimeprazine. Consider therapy modification

Antipsychotic Agents (Second Generation [Atypical]): May diminish the therapeutic effect of Anti-Parkinson Agents (Dopamine Agonist). Management: Consider avoiding atypical antipsychotic use in patients with Parkinson disease. If an atypical antipsychotic is necessary, consider using clozapine, quetiapine, or ziprasidone at lower initial doses, or a non-dopamine antagonist (eg, pimavanserin). Consider therapy modification

Azelastine (Nasal): CNS Depressants may enhance the CNS depressant effect of Azelastine (Nasal). Avoid combination

Barbiturates: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy

Biperiden: May enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Levodopa-Containing Products. Specifically, the risk of choreic movements or dyskinesias may be increased. Monitor therapy

Blonanserin: CNS Depressants may enhance the CNS depressant effect of Blonanserin. Management: Use caution if coadministering blonanserin and CNS depressants; dose reduction of the other CNS depressant may be required. Strong CNS depressants should not be coadministered with blonanserin. Consider therapy modification

Blood Pressure Lowering Agents: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Hypotension-Associated Agents. Monitor therapy

Blood Pressure Lowering Agents: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Levodopa-Containing Products. Monitor therapy

Brexanolone: CNS Depressants may enhance the CNS depressant effect of Brexanolone. Monitor therapy

Brimonidine (Topical): May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Monitor therapy

Brimonidine (Topical): May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy

Brivudine [INT]: May enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Anti-Parkinson Agents (Dopamine Agonist). Specifically, the risk of chorea may be increased. Monitor therapy

Bromopride: May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Monitor therapy

Bromopride: May diminish the therapeutic effect of Anti-Parkinson Agents (Dopamine Agonist). Monitor therapy

Bromperidol: May diminish the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Blood Pressure Lowering Agents may enhance the hypotensive effect of Bromperidol. Avoid combination

Bromperidol: May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Avoid combination

Buprenorphine: CNS Depressants may enhance the CNS depressant effect of Buprenorphine. Management: Consider reduced doses of other CNS depressants, and avoiding such drugs in patients at high risk of buprenorphine overuse/self-injection. Initiate buprenorphine at lower doses in patients already receiving CNS depressants. Consider therapy modification

BuPROPion: Anti-Parkinson Agents (Dopamine Agonist) may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of BuPROPion. Monitor therapy

Cannabidiol: May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Monitor therapy

Cannabis: May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Monitor therapy

Chlormethiazole: May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Management: Monitor closely for evidence of excessive CNS depression. The chlormethiazole labeling states that an appropriately reduced dose should be used if such a combination must be used. Consider therapy modification

Chlorphenesin Carbamate: May enhance the adverse/toxic effect of CNS Depressants. Monitor therapy

CNS Depressants: May enhance the adverse/toxic effect of other CNS Depressants. Monitor therapy

COMT Substrates: COMT Inhibitors may increase the serum concentration of COMT Substrates. Monitor therapy

Diazoxide: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy

Dimethindene (Topical): May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Monitor therapy

Doxylamine: May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Management: The manufacturer of Diclegis (doxylamine/pyridoxine), intended for use in pregnancy, specifically states that use with other CNS depressants is not recommended. Monitor therapy

Dronabinol: May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Monitor therapy

Droperidol: May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Management: Consider dose reductions of droperidol or of other CNS agents (eg, opioids, barbiturates) with concomitant use. Exceptions to this monograph are discussed in further detail in separate drug interaction monographs. Consider therapy modification

Droxidopa: Carbidopa may diminish the therapeutic effect of Droxidopa. Carbidopa may decrease serum concentrations of the active metabolite(s) of Droxidopa. Carbidopa may increase the serum concentration of Droxidopa. Monitor therapy

DULoxetine: Blood Pressure Lowering Agents may enhance the hypotensive effect of DULoxetine. Monitor therapy

Esketamine: May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Monitor therapy

Flunitrazepam: CNS Depressants may enhance the CNS depressant effect of Flunitrazepam. Management: Reduce the dose of CNS depressants when combined with flunitrazepam and monitor patients for evidence of CNS depression (eg, sedation, respiratory depression). Use non-CNS depressant alternatives when available. Consider therapy modification

Fosphenytoin-Phenytoin: May diminish the therapeutic effect of Levodopa-Containing Products. Monitor therapy

Glycopyrrolate (Systemic): May decrease the serum concentration of Levodopa-Containing Products. Monitor therapy

Herbs (Hypotensive Properties): May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy

HydrOXYzine: May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Monitor therapy

Hypotension-Associated Agents: Blood Pressure Lowering Agents may enhance the hypotensive effect of Hypotension-Associated Agents. Monitor therapy

Iron Preparations: May decrease the serum concentration of Levodopa. Only applies to oral iron preparations. Management: Consider separating doses of the agents by 2 or more hours to minimize the effects of this interaction. Monitor for decreased therapeutic effects of levodopa during concomitant therapy, particularly if doses cannot be separated. Exceptions: Ferric Carboxymaltose; Ferric Derisomaltose; Ferric Gluconate; Ferric Hydroxide Polymaltose Complex; Ferric Pyrophosphate Citrate; Ferumoxytol; Iron Dextran Complex; Iron Sucrose. Consider therapy modification

Iron Preparations: May decrease the serum concentration of Entacapone. Management: Consider separating doses of the agents by 2 or more hours to minimize the effects of this interaction. Monitor for decreased therapeutic effects of levodopa during concomitant therapy, particularly if doses cannot be separated. Exceptions: Ferric Carboxymaltose; Ferric Derisomaltose; Ferric Gluconate; Ferric Hydroxide Polymaltose Complex; Ferric Pyrophosphate Citrate; Ferumoxytol; Iron Dextran Complex; Iron Sucrose. Consider therapy modification

Isoniazid: May diminish the therapeutic effect of Levodopa-Containing Products. Monitor therapy

Kava Kava: May enhance the adverse/toxic effect of CNS Depressants. Monitor therapy

Lemborexant: May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Management: Dosage adjustments of lemborexant and of concomitant CNS depressants may be necessary when administered together because of potentially additive CNS depressant effects. Close monitoring for CNS depressant effects is necessary. Consider therapy modification

Lisuride: May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Monitor therapy

Lofepramine: Entacapone may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Lofepramine. Avoid combination

Lofexidine: May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Management: Drugs listed as exceptions to this monograph are discussed in further detail in separate drug interaction monographs. Monitor therapy

Lormetazepam: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy

Macimorelin: Levodopa-Containing Products may diminish the diagnostic effect of Macimorelin. Avoid combination

Magnesium Sulfate: May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Monitor therapy

Methionine: May diminish the therapeutic effect of Levodopa-Containing Products. Management: Avoid large daily doses of methionine in patients receiving levodopa (clinical studies showing interaction used 4.5 g methionine daily). More typical doses of methionine (eg, 500 mg) may not cause a problem. Consider therapy modification

Methotrimeprazine: Anti-Parkinson Agents (Dopamine Agonist) may diminish the therapeutic effect of Methotrimeprazine. Methotrimeprazine may diminish the therapeutic effect of Anti-Parkinson Agents (Dopamine Agonist). Avoid combination

Methylphenidate: May enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Anti-Parkinson Agents (Dopamine Agonist). Monitor therapy

Metoclopramide: May diminish the therapeutic effect of Anti-Parkinson Agents (Dopamine Agonist). Avoid combination

MetyroSINE: CNS Depressants may enhance the sedative effect of MetyroSINE. Monitor therapy

Minocycline (Systemic): May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Monitor therapy

Molsidomine: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors: Levodopa-Containing Products may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors. Of particular concern is the development of hypertensive reactions when levodopa is used with nonselective MAOI. Exceptions: Rasagiline; Safinamide; Selegiline. Avoid combination

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (Type B): Levodopa-Containing Products may enhance the orthostatic hypotensive effect of Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (Type B). Monitor therapy

Multivitamins/Fluoride (with ADE): May diminish the therapeutic effect of Levodopa-Containing Products. Management: Concurrent use of a multivitamin and levodopa (without carbidopa) should be avoided. Consider therapy modification

Multivitamins/Minerals (with ADEK, Folate, Iron): May diminish the therapeutic effect of Levodopa. Multivitamins/Minerals (with ADEK, Folate, Iron) may decrease the serum concentration of Levodopa. Only applies to oral iron-containing preparations. Management: Separate doses of these agents by 2 or more hours. Monitor for decreased levodopa effects, particularly if doses cannot be separated. Concurrent use of a multivitamin and levodopa (without carbidopa) should be avoided. Consider therapy modification

Multivitamins/Minerals (with AE, No Iron): May diminish the therapeutic effect of Levodopa-Containing Products. Management: Concurrent use of a multivitamin and levodopa (without carbidopa) should be avoided. Consider therapy modification

Nabilone: May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Monitor therapy

Naftopidil: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy

Nicergoline: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy

Nicorandil: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy

Nitroprusside: Blood Pressure Lowering Agents may enhance the hypotensive effect of Nitroprusside. Monitor therapy

Obinutuzumab: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Management: Consider temporarily withholding blood pressure lowering medications beginning 12 hours prior to obinutuzumab infusion and continuing until 1 hour after the end of the infusion. Consider therapy modification

Opioid Agonists: CNS Depressants may enhance the CNS depressant effect of Opioid Agonists. Management: Avoid concomitant use of opioid agonists and benzodiazepines or other CNS depressants when possible. These agents should only be combined if alternative treatment options are inadequate. If combined, limit the dosages and duration of each drug. Consider therapy modification

Orphenadrine: CNS Depressants may enhance the CNS depressant effect of Orphenadrine. Avoid combination

Oxomemazine: May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Avoid combination

Oxybate Salt Products: CNS Depressants may enhance the CNS depressant effect of Oxybate Salt Products. Management: Consider alternatives to this combination when possible. If combined, dose reduction or discontinuation of one or more CNS depressants (including the oxybate salt product) should be considered. Interupt oxybate salt treatment during short-term opioid use. Consider therapy modification

OxyCODONE: CNS Depressants may enhance the CNS depressant effect of OxyCODONE. Management: Avoid concomitant use of oxycodone and benzodiazepines or other CNS depressants when possible. These agents should only be combined if alternative treatment options are inadequate. If combined, limit the dosages and duration of each drug. Consider therapy modification

Papaverine: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Levodopa-Containing Products. Papaverine may diminish the therapeutic effect of Levodopa-Containing Products. Monitor therapy

Paraldehyde: CNS Depressants may enhance the CNS depressant effect of Paraldehyde. Avoid combination

Pentoxifylline: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy

Perampanel: May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Management: Patients taking perampanel with any other drug that has CNS depressant activities should avoid complex and high-risk activities, particularly those such as driving that require alertness and coordination, until they have experience using the combination. Consider therapy modification

Pholcodine: Blood Pressure Lowering Agents may enhance the hypotensive effect of Pholcodine. Monitor therapy

Phosphodiesterase 5 Inhibitors: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy

Piribedil: CNS Depressants may enhance the CNS depressant effect of Piribedil. Monitor therapy

Pramipexole: CNS Depressants may enhance the sedative effect of Pramipexole. Monitor therapy

Prostacyclin Analogues: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy

Pyridoxine: May diminish the therapeutic effect of Levodopa-Containing Products. Management: The concomitant use of pyridoxine and levodopa (in the absence of a dopa decarboxylase inhibitor (DDI)) should be avoided. Use of a DDI (eg, carbidopa) with levodopa will essentially eliminate the risk of this interaction. Consider therapy modification

Quinagolide: May enhance the hypotensive effect of Blood Pressure Lowering Agents. Monitor therapy

ROPINIRole: CNS Depressants may enhance the sedative effect of ROPINIRole. Monitor therapy

Rotigotine: CNS Depressants may enhance the sedative effect of Rotigotine. Monitor therapy

Rufinamide: May enhance the adverse/toxic effect of CNS Depressants. Specifically, sleepiness and dizziness may be enhanced. Monitor therapy

Sapropterin: May enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Levodopa-Containing Products. Monitor therapy

Solriamfetol: May enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Anti-Parkinson Agents (Dopamine Agonist). Monitor therapy

Spiramycin: May decrease the serum concentration of Carbidopa. And thus may decrease the effectiveness of levodopa. Monitor therapy

Sulpiride: May diminish the therapeutic effect of Anti-Parkinson Agents (Dopamine Agonist). Avoid combination

Suvorexant: CNS Depressants may enhance the CNS depressant effect of Suvorexant. Management: Dose reduction of suvorexant and/or any other CNS depressant may be necessary. Use of suvorexant with alcohol is not recommended, and the use of suvorexant with any other drug to treat insomnia is not recommended. Consider therapy modification

Tetrahydrocannabinol: May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Monitor therapy

Tetrahydrocannabinol and Cannabidiol: May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Monitor therapy

Thalidomide: CNS Depressants may enhance the CNS depressant effect of Thalidomide. Avoid combination

Trimeprazine: May enhance the CNS depressant effect of CNS Depressants. Monitor therapy

Zolpidem: CNS Depressants may enhance the CNS depressant effect of Zolpidem. Management: Reduce the Intermezzo brand sublingual zolpidem adult dose to 1.75 mg for men who are also receiving other CNS depressants. No such dose change is recommended for women. Avoid use with other CNS depressants at bedtime; avoid use with alcohol. Consider therapy modification

Test Interactions

False-negative reaction using glucose-oxidase tests for glucosuria; false-positive urine ketones; false diagnosis for pheochromocytoma (rare) based on plasma and urine levels of catecholamines

Adverse Reactions

See individual agents.

Warnings/Precautions

Concerns related to adverse effects:

• Diarrhea: Has been associated with delayed development of diarrhea (onset after 4 to 12 weeks, but may appear as early as the first week); use with caution in patients with lower gastrointestinal disease or an increased risk of dehydration. Diarrhea may be a sign of drug-induced colitis. Monitor for weight loss. Discontinue use with prolonged diarrhea.

• Dyskinesias: May cause or exacerbate dyskinesias; may require dose adjustment.

• Hallucinations: May cause hallucinations.

• Impulse control disorders: Dopamine agonists used for Parkinson disease or restless legs syndrome have been associated with compulsive behaviors and/or loss of impulse control, which has manifested as pathological gambling, increased sexual urges, intense urges to spend money uncontrollably, and other intense urges. Dose reduction or discontinuation of therapy has been reported to reverse these behaviors in some, but not all cases.

• Melanoma: Risk for melanoma development is increased in Parkinson disease patients; drug causation or factors contributing to risk have not been established. Patients should be monitored closely and periodic skin examinations should be performed.

• Neuroleptic malignant syndrome: Entacapone, in conjunction with other drug therapy that alters brain biogenic amine concentrations (eg, MAO inhibitors, SSRIs), has been associated with a syndrome resembling neuroleptic malignant syndrome (hyperpyrexia and confusion) (some fatal) on abrupt withdrawal or dosage reduction. Concomitant use of entacapone and nonselective MAO inhibitors should be avoided.

• Orthostatic hypotension: Entacapone may cause orthostatic hypotension and syncope; Parkinson disease patients appear to have an impaired capacity to respond to a postural challenge; use with caution in patients at risk of hypotension (such as those receiving antihypertensive drugs) or in whom transient hypotensive episodes would be poorly tolerated (cardiovascular disease or cerebrovascular disease). Parkinson patients being treated with dopaminergic agonists ordinarily require careful monitoring for signs and symptoms of postural hypotension, especially during dose escalation, and should be informed of this risk.

• Pleural/retroperitoneal fibrosis: Ergot-derived dopamine agonists have also been associated with fibrotic complications (eg, retroperitoneal fibrosis, pleural effusions, pleural thickening, and pulmonary infiltrates); monitor closely for signs and symptoms of fibrosis.

• Rhabdomyolysis: Severe cases have been reported (rare); may be related to severe, prolonged motor activity/dyskinesia.

• Somnolence: Somnolence and falling asleep while engaged in activities of daily living (including operation of motor vehicles) have been reported; some cases reported that there were no warning signs for the onset of symptoms. Some events have occurred more than 1 year after start of therapy. Prior to treatment initiation, evaluate for factors that may increase these risks such as concomitant sedating medications, and the presence of sleep disorders. Monitor for drowsiness or sleepiness. If significant daytime sleepiness or episodes of falling asleep during activities that require active participation occurs (eg, driving, conversations, eating), discontinue the medication. There is insufficient information to suggest that dose reductions will eliminate these symptoms. If therapy is continued, advise patient to avoid driving and other potentially dangerous activities.

Disease-related concerns:

• Endocrine disease: Use with caution when interpreting plasma/urine catecholamine levels; falsely diagnosed pheochromocytoma has been rarely reported.

• Glaucoma: Use with caution in patients with wide-angle glaucoma; monitor IOP carefully; use is contraindicated in patients with narrow-angle glaucoma.

• Hepatic impairment: Use with caution in patients with hepatic impairment and biliary obstruction.

• Peptic ulcer disease: Use with caution in patients with a history of peptic ulcer disease; risk of gastrointestinal hemorrhage may be increased.

• Psychotic disorders: Use with extreme caution in patients with psychotic disorders; observe patients closely for development of depression with concomitant suicidal tendencies.

• Renal impairment: Use with caution in patients with severe renal impairment.

Special populations:

• Elderly: Use with caution in elderly patients; may be more sensitive to CNS effects (eg, hallucinations) of levodopa.

Dosage form specific issues:

• Sucrose: Contains sucrose; avoid use in patients with fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption, or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency.

Other warnings/precautions:

• Body fluid discoloration: Urine, saliva, or sweat may appear dark in color (red, brown, black) during therapy.

• Discontinuation of therapy: Dopaminergic agents have been associated with a syndrome resembling neuroleptic malignant syndrome on abrupt withdrawal or significant dosage reduction after long-term use.

Monitoring Parameters

Signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease; CBC, liver function tests, renal function; blood pressure, mental status; signs and symptoms of neuroleptic malignant syndrome if abrupt discontinuation required (as with surgery); serum iron (if signs of anemia); IOP (in patients with wide-angle glaucoma); dermatologic examination (regularly while on therapy); weight loss (patients with diarrhea); cardiac function with initial dose adjustments and periodically during prolonged therapy (patients with history of MI, arrhythmia); fibrotic complications (eg, retroperitoneal fibrosis, pulmonary infiltrates or effusions, pleural thickening); signs of excessive drowsiness or sleepiness during treatment; signs of depression (including suicidal thoughts); signs and symptoms of impulse control/compulsive behaviors.

Pregnancy Considerations

The incidence of Parkinson disease in pregnancy is relatively rare and information related to the use of carbidopa/levodopa/entacapone in pregnant women is limited (Seier 2017; Tüfekçioglu 2018).

Refer to the entacapone and the carbidopa/levodopa monographs for additional information.

Patient Education

What is this drug used for?

• It is used to treat Parkinson disease.

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

• Body fluid discoloration

• Constipation

• Diarrhea

• Abdominal pain

• Nausea

• Vomiting

• Fatigue

• Dry mouth

• Headache

• Trouble sleeping

• Back pain

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

• Depression like suicidal ideation, anxiety, emotional instability, agitation, irritability, panic attacks, mood changes, behavioral changes, or confusion

• Sensing things that seem real but are not

• Severe dizziness

• Passing out

• Confusion

• Narcolepsy

• Vomiting blood

• Black, tarry, or bloody stools

• Muscle pain

• Muscle weakness

• Dark urine

• Trouble passing urine

• Skin growths

• Skin lump

• Mole changes

• Uncontrollable urges

• Abnormal movements

• Chest pain

• Shortness of breath

• Chills

• Sore throat

• Bruising

• Bleeding

• Severe loss of strength and energy

• Neuroleptic malignant syndrome like fever, muscle cramps or stiffness, dizziness, severe headache, confusion, change in thinking, fast heartbeat, abnormal heartbeat, or sweating a lot

• Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Talk to your doctor if you have questions.

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