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Tasmar is a medicine used in combination with levodopa/carbidopa to treat Parkinson's disease.
How does this medication work?
Symptoms of Parkinson's disease may occur when there is a decrease in dopamine in the brain. Tasmar works by allowing a larger amount of a medicine called levodopa to reach the brain, thereby increasing dopamine levels.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Tasmar may help to improve mobility and symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease, such as shaking or rigidity.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Tasmar exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider may ask you a series of questions from time to time that will help assess how well your symptoms are controlled with treatment.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
Tasmar may cause life-threatening liver problems. Therefore, Tasmar should only be used in people with Parkinson's disease who are taking levodopa/carbidopa and are still experiencing symptoms. If you do not see an improvement in your condition within 3 weeks of starting treatment with Tasmar, your healthcare provider may stop prescribing Tasmar to you. Your healthcare provider may do certain liver function tests before starting you on Tasmar. If you previously experienced liver problems associated with Tasmar, notify your healthcare provider. Also, tell your healthcare provider if you experience symptoms such as nausea, tiredness, loss of appetite, yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes, dark urine, itching, or right upper stomach tenderness.
More common side effects may include: involuntary muscle movements, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, sleep disorder, vomiting, urine discoloration, drowsiness, hallucinations, sweating.
Less common side effects may include:
Sudden fall in your blood pressure with symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, sweating, or fainting when rising too quickly from a sitting or lying position.
Changes in your behavior, such as intense urges to gamble, increased sexual urges, or other intense urges.
Tasmar may also cause hallucinations, muscle pain, fever, confusion, or an increased risk of skin cancer.
Do not take Tasmar if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take Tasmar if you previously experienced liver problems associated with Tasmar.
Do not take Tasmar if you have severe muscle pain, fever, or confusion that may be associated with Tasmar.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Tasmar. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver problems.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The recommended dose is 100 milligrams three times a day.
It is important that you do not stop taking this medication abruptly. If you need to change or stop taking this medication, it is important that you only do this with the guidance of your healthcare provider.
Take Tasmar exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Tasmar without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Take Tasmar with or without food.
Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Tasmar affects you.
If Tasmar is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Tasmar with the following: a certain type of monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (such as phenelzine or tranylcypromine), a class of medications used to treat depression and other conditions; apomorphine; desipramine; methyldopa; or warfarin.
The effects of Tasmar during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Tasmar, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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