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Parcopa: A Rapidly Dissolving Formulation of Carbidopa/Levodopa
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An orally dissolving, immediate-release tablet formulation of carbidopa/levodopa (Parcopa – Schwarz) that can be taken without water is now available for treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

CARBIDOPA/LEVODOPA — When levodopa, the immediate precursor of dopamine, is taken orally alone, it is rapidly decarboxylated to dopamine in both brain and peripheral tissues. It is usually taken, therefore, in combination with carbidopa, a peripheral decarboxylase inhibitor, to prevent nausea and allow more levodopa to reach the brain. The combination (Sinemet, and others) has been available for many years in immediate- and controlled-release tablets.1

THE NEW FORMULATION — The orally dissolving tablets can be taken with or without water. The tablet is removed from the bottle with dry hands, placed on the tongue to dissolve, and then swallowed with saliva. According to ... more      

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