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HALF SINEMET CR 25/100MG PROLONGED RELEASE TABLETS

Active substance(s): CARBIDOPA / LEVODOPA

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Patient Information Leaflet
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Half Sinemet CR 25/100mg Prolonged
Release Tablets
(carbidopa / levodopa)
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to
others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as
yours.
• If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects
not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
The name of this medicine is Half Sinemet CR 25/100mg Prolonged
Release Tablets but will be referred to as Half Sinemet CR.
Your medicine is also available in a 50/200mg strength and is called
Sinemet CR.
In this leaflet
1. What Half Sinemet CR is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Half Sinemet CR
3. How to take Half Sinemet CR
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Half Sinemet CR
6. Further information
1. What Half Sinemet CR is and what it is used for
Half Sinemet CR improves the signs of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s
disease is a long term illness where:
• you become slow and unsteady
• your muscles feel stiff
• you may develop shaking or trembling (called ‘tremor’)
If not treated, Parkinson’s disease can make it hard for you to continue
your normal daily activities.
Half Sinemet CR contains two different medicines called: levodopa and
carbidopa.
• levodopa turns into a material called ‘dopamine’ in your brain. The
dopamine helps to improve the signs of your Parkinson’s disease.
• carbidopa belongs to a group of medicines called ‘aromatic amino acid
decarboxylase inhibitors’. It helps levodopa work more effectively by
slowing the speed at which levodopa is broken down in your body.
2. Before you take Half Sinemet CR
Do not take Half Sinemet CR if:
• you are allergic (hypersensitive) to carbidopa or levodopa or any of the
other ingredients of Half Sinemet CR (listed in section 6)
• you have ever had skin cancer or you have any unusual moles which
have not been examined by your doctor
• you are taking certain medicines called ‘MAOIs’ (Monoamine
Oxidase Inhibitors) used for depression. You need to stop using these
medicines at least two weeks before you start Half Sinemet CR (see
also under ‘Taking other medicines’ below)
• you have a condition called ‘narrow-angle glaucoma’ that may cause a
sudden build up of pressure in the eye
• you have a severe mental disorder
• you are pregnant, might become pregnant, or are breast feeding.
Do not take Half Sinemet CR if any of the above apply to you. If you are
not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Half Sinemet
CR.
Take special care with Half Sinemet CR
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking your medicine if:
• you have a history of fits (convulsions)
• you have had an ulcer in your gut (called ‘duodenal’ or ‘peptic ulcer’)
or have vomited blood
• you have had a heart attack, heart beat problems, circulation or
breathing problems.
• you have had kidney, liver or hormonal problems
• you have had depression or other mental problems
• you have a condition called ‘chronic wide-angle glaucoma’ that may
cause a build up of pressure in the eye. You will need to have regular
checks on the pressure in your eye.
• you sometimes have sudden sleep attacks or sometimes feel very
sleepy
• you are due to have surgery
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist before taking Half Sinemet CR.
Tell your doctor if you or your family/carer notices you are developing
urges or cravings to behave in ways that are unusual for you or you
cannot resist the impulse, drive or temptation to carry out certain
activities that could harm yourself or others. These behaviours are called
impulse control disorders and can include addictive gambling, excessive
eating or spending, an abnormally high sex drive or an increase in sexual
thoughts or feelings. Your doctor may need to review your treatments.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently
taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a
prescription. This includes herbal medicines. This is because Half
Sinemet CR can affect the way some other medicines work. Also some
other medicines can affect the way Half Sinemet CR works.

In particular tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the
following medicines:
• Medicines for Parkinson’s disease containing levodopa:
If they are ‘slow release’, you will need to wait 24 hours after
your last dose before starting Half Sinemet CR.
If they are ‘normal release’, you will need to wait 12 hours after
your last dose before starting Half Sinemet CR.
Tell the doctor or pharmacist even if you have only taken them
in the past.
Medicines for Parkinson’s disease which do not contain levodopa will
usually be continued. However, your dose may be changed.
• Medicines for mental problems (including depression), tuberculosis
(TB), high blood pressure, muscle spasms, epilepsy or other diseases
related to involuntary movements. Your dose may need to be
changed.
• Medicines to treat low iron. Your dose may need to be changed.
• Medicines called ‘MAOIs’ (see also ‘Do not take Half Sinemet CR if’).
• Anticholinergic medicines (such as orphenadrine, trihexyphenidyl,
benzatropine and procyclidine). Your dose may need to be changed.
• Phenytoin which is used to treat fits (convulsions).
• Papaverine which is used to treat impotence in men.
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist before taking this medicine. Your doctor or pharmacist has a
more complete list of medicines to avoid while taking Half Sinemet CR.
Tests while you are taking Half Sinemet CR
This medication can affect some laboratory tests that your doctor may
perform on blood or urine samples. Please remind your doctor if you are
taking Half Sinemet CR and are having any tests.
Taking Half Sinemet CR with food and drink
Try to avoid taking your tablets with a heavy meal. If your diet contains
too much protein (meat, eggs, milk, cheese) Half Sinemet CR may not
work as well as it should.
Pregnancy and breast feeding
Do not take Half Sinemet CR if you are pregnant, might become
pregnant or are breast-feeding. Levodopa, one of the substances in Half
Sinemet CR, is passed into human milk. Ask your doctor or pharmacist
for advice before taking any medicine, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Driving and using machines
• Half Sinemet CR affects different people in different ways. Some
people have side effects which affect their ability to drive or use tools
or machines (see Section 4 Possible side effects). Do not drive or use
tools or machines if you get these effects.
• Half Sinemet CR can also make you sleepy or cause ‘sudden sleep
attacks’. If this happens to you, you must not drive or use tools or
machines. Your doctor will tell you if you can start driving again if these
attacks stop.
3. How to take Half Sinemet CR
Always take Half Sinemet CR exactly as your doctor has told you. You
should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Taking this medicine
• Take this medicine by mouth. You must swallow your tablets whole.
Do not break, crush or chew the tablets.
• Although your medicine can have an effect after one day, it may take
up to seven days to work.
• Take them at regular time intervals according to your doctor’s
instructions.
• Do not change the times at which you take your tablets or take any
other medicines for Parkinson’s disease without first consulting your
doctor. You should not take Half Sinemet CR at intervals of less than 4
hours apart.
• Try to avoid taking your tablets with a heavy meal.
If you have not had levodopa before
The usual starting dose for Half Sinemet CR is one tablet twice a day.
If you have had levodopa before
• Your doctor will ask you to stop taking your medicine for Parkinson’s
disease for 8 hours before you start taking Half Sinemet CR
The usual starting dose for Half Sinemet CR is one tablet twice a day.
Your doctor may ask you to take Half Sinemet CR Tablets to help in
determining the correct dose.
A combination of more than one Sinemet or Sinemet CR product may be
prescribed by your doctor. If you have been given different Sinemet or
Half Sinemet CR to take make sure that you are taking the correct one at
the right time. Remember: Half Sinemet CR is a lower dose tablet than
Sinemet CR.
Children under 18 years of age
Half Sinemet CR is not suitable for children under the age of 18 years.
If you take more Half Sinemet CR than you should
If you take too many tablets see your doctor immediately.
If you forget to take Half Sinemet CR
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

If you stop taking Half Sinemet CR
Do not stop taking Half Sinemet CR or change your dose without talking
to your doctor first. When you stop taking Half Sinemet CR the following
can occur: stiff muscles, high temperature (fever) and mental changes.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Half Sinemet CR can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Stop taking Half Sinemet CR and see your doctor straight away, if
you notice any of the following side effects:
• allergic reaction, the signs may include hives (nettle rash), itching,
rash, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat. This may cause
difficulty in breathing or swallowing.
• chest pain
• uneven (irregular) heart beat or palpitations
• dizziness on standing-up quickly
• bleeding from your gut which may be seen as blood in your faeces or
darkened faeces (gastro-intestinal bleeding)
• blood problems, the signs may include pale skin (pallor), tiredness,
fever, sore throat or mild bruising and prolonged bleeding after injury
• stiff muscles, high fever
• mental changes including delusions, hallucinations and depression
• fits (convulsions).
The most common side effects are
• abnormal movements such as twitching or spasms (which may or may
not be like your Parkinson’s symptoms)
• nausea
Other side effects include
• fainting, anorexia, high blood pressure
• inflammation of the veins, being sick (vomiting), diarrhoea,
discoloration of urine, sweat or saliva
• on-off phenomenon, characteristic of some people with long-standing
Parkinson’s disease. This is when you can have unpredictable
changes from being mobile - “on” - to a sudden inability to move - “off”.
“Off” to “on” can occur just as suddenly
• dizziness; sleepiness (including excessive drowsiness or sudden sleep
onset episodes), pins and needles
• dream abnormalities, confusion, feeling agitated, shortness of breath,
hair loss
You may experience the following side effects:

Inability to resist the impulse to perform an 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.
• Uncontrollable excessive shopping or spending.
• Binge eating (eating large amounts of food in a short time
period) or compulsive eating (eating more food than normal
and more than is needed to satisfy your hunger).
Tell your doctor if you experience any of these behaviours; he/she
will discuss ways of managing or reducing the symptoms.
Side effects that have been reported with medicines containing
levodopa.
These may be experienced when taking Half Sinemet CR
Nervous system:
• loss of control over the voluntary movements of everyday life
• numbness, increased hand tremor, muscle twitching, muscle cramp,
irregular movement of jaw muscles resulting in difficulty opening the
mouth
• difficulty sleeping, feeling anxious or high, falling over and abnormal
walking patterns
• headache
Eyes:
• drooping eyelid and dilated pupil
• changes in vision, irregular movement of the eye
Digestive system:
• indigestion, dry mouth, bitter taste
• swelling of the salivary glands, difficulty swallowing, grinding of the
teeth
• hiccups, abdominal pain and distress, constipation, wind
• burning sensation of the tongue
Sexual:
• persistent abnormal erection of the penis
Urinary:
• difficulty passing urine or incontinence (inability to control urine flow)
Skin:
• changed patches of pigmented skin, including irritated or irregular
moles, or moles in which you have noticed changes (melanoma)

General:
• weight gain or loss, swelling in the limbs
• flushing, hot flushes, increased sweating
• feeling weak, faint or tired
• hoarseness, general feeling of being unwell
• increased energy or activity, unusual breathing pattern
If any symptoms persist or you experience any other side effects please
tell your doctor or pharmacist. It will help if you make a note of what you
experienced, when it started and how long it lasted.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via Yellow Card Scheme Website:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help
provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. How to store Half Sinemet CR
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 30°C. Store in the original package to protect from
light. Keep the tablets in the blister strip until you need to take them.
Do not use Half Sinemet CR after the date shown on the carton or blister
label. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Medicine should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required.
These measures will help to protect the environment.
If the tablets become discoloured or show any other signs of
deterioration, show them to a pharmacist who will advise you what to do.
6. Further information
Each tablet contains the active ingredients, Carbidopa 25mg (as the
monohydrate) and Levodopa 100mg in a prolonged release formulation,
tablets are pale pink, oval-shaped coded ‘601’ on one side and plain on
the reverse.
Half Sinemet CR also contain the following: Hydroxypropyl cellulose,
magnesium stearate, copolymer of polyvinyl acetate and crotonic acid
and red iron oxide (E172).
Half Sinemet CR are available as blister packs of 30 and 60 tablets.
Levodopa belongs to a group of medicines called Anti-Parkinson’s
agents. Carbidopa is added to help the Levodopa work more effectively
by slowing down the body’s metabolism of levodopa.
This product is manufactured by Merck Sharp & Dohme SpA, Via Emilia
21 – 27100. Pavia Italy or Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V. Waarderweg 39,
2031 BN, Haarlem, The Netherlands. Procured from within the EU.
Product Licence holder: Quadrant Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Lynstock House,
Lynstock Way, Lostock, Bolton, BL6 4SA. Repackaged by Maxearn Ltd,
Bolton, BL6 4SA.
PL 20774/1101 Half Sinemet CR Tablets
Leaflet prepared: 29th June 2016
Sinemet is a registered trademark of Merck & Co. Inc.
PP5/1101/V3

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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