Our brain is considered as the central processing unit of our body. It is considered to control the different functions of our body and that takes place by the secretions of different substances.
There are neurons in our body that also play a major role in that. Certain substances such as Dopamine are also very important for the performance of several different functions.
However, as we know that if something is wrong with the brain somehow, then this will surely affect the processes that take place in our body.
Parkinson’s Disease is one of the issues that can be faced due to such issues.
Following are the indications of Parkinson’s disease.
- Shaking of body.
- Uncontrollable movement of body Parts.
- Stiffness in body
These are some of the basic indications of Parkinson’s disease.
There are certain medications available that contain more than one Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and they are known as combination medicines.
To treat these issues related to Parkinson’s disease, the medicine used is a combination drug and that is made up of Carbidopa and Levodopa.
In this article, we will have a look at how things work out with this combination medicine and how it helps to treat the several indications of Parkinson’s disease.
How Does It Work?
As we know that this is a combination drug so both of the active pharmaceutical ingredients work in cohesion.
One thing should be understood that both Carbidopa and Levodopa perform their own different functions.
Function of Levodopa :
Levodopa changes into the hormone of Dopamine into the body and hence that treats the indications of Parkinson’s disease. As we know that Parkinson’s disease is caused by the lack of Dopamine in the bloodstream. Levodopa increases that amount of dopamine.
Function of Carbidopa :
Carbidopa helps to stop the breakdown of Levodopa that in return results in more dopamine added to the bloodstream.
This is how both of these Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients although perform different functions but still they work as a unit and help to treat Parkinson’s disease.
How Is It Used?
This medicine is an oral medicine and can be taken in following ways.
- With food.
- Without food.
It can also be taken in with water or milk as well.
However, the guidelines of the pharmacist or the doctor should always be followed while taking this medicine.
Side Effects Of This Medicine
There are a number of side effects that are usually associated with this medicine and now we will have a look at a few of them.
- It may cause nausea.
- It may cause vomiting as well.
- Loss of appetite is one major side effect.
- The patient may even suffer from Lightheadedness or Lack of sleep as well.
Precautionary Measures To Take
- You should be assured that you aren’t allergic to any of the active pharmaceutical ingredients of this medicine.
- If you have a health condition like schizophrenia or some kind of heart disease then do let your doctor know about it.
- Never overdose yourself.
- Always follow the instructions of your doctor.