Current evidence indicates that symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are related to depletion of dopamine in the corpus striatum. Levodopa, the metabolic precursor of dopamine, does cross the blood-brain barrier, and presumably is converted to dopamine in the brain. Carbidopa inhibits decarboxylation of peripheral levodopa. Since its decarboxylase inhibiting activity is limited to extracerebral tissues, administration of carbidopa with levodopa makes more levodopa available for transport to the brain.
Perkidopa Tablet 250 mg+25 mg
Levodopa + Carbidopa
(in Tablet form)
Usual Initial Dosage: The optimum daily dosage must be determined by careful titration in each patient. If Levodopa 100 mg and Carbidopa 10 mg is used, dosage may be initiated with one tablet three or four times a day. Dosage may be increased by one tablet every day or every other day until a total of eight tablets (2 tablets q.i.d.) is reached.
Maintenance dose: Therapy should be individualized & adjusted according to the desired therapeutic response. When more levodopa is required, Levodopa 250 mg and Carbidopa 25 mg should be substituted for Levodopa 100 mg and Carbidopa 10 mg. If necessary, the dosage of Levodopa 250 mg and Carbidopa 25 mg may be increased by one-half or one tablet every day or every other day to a maximum of eight tablets a day. Experience with total daily dosages of carbidopa greater than 200 mg is limited.
Manufacturer: Square Pharmaceutical Ltd.