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  1. Marketfocus

    Sinemet vs. Sinemet ER

    Mark, I get a better response from brand-name Sinemet (IR). Is there a brand-name Sinemet CR (same manufacturer)? Thanks.
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    Medication timing

    That makes sense to adjust the timing/intervals according to off times throughout the day. How important is it to have a consistent starting time for the first dose in the morning? Thank you.
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    Medication timing

    In terms of timing Sinemet doses, is it essential that they be taken the same times each day or is the interval between doses the key factor, even if it means meds are taken at somewhat different times each day? I take my Sinemet doses 3.5 hours apart, but I generally start the clock running when I wake up, which is between 6 - 6:30 and 7:30 am, depending on the kind of night I've had. So my medication schedule might be 6:00 am., 9:30, 1 pm, 4:30 pm and 8 pm one day and 7:30, 11, 2:30pm, 6 and 9:30 pm another day. I set the timer when I get up and manage my meal times around my medication times each day. I've started to wonder, however, if I might get a better response with more consistent times. Thank you.
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    Triazolam for root canal

    I have been prescribed triazolam .125 mg to take 1 hour prior to having a root canal. The endodontist prescribed this so as to control my tremor during the procedure as well to induce relaxation, etc. When I picked up the prescription, I am now very concerned when I read that the effects last 8 hours (for a 1.5 hour procedure) including dizziness and difficulty with coordination. As I already have some difficulty walking, I'm concerned thIs may contribute to a significant fall risk over a period of many hours . Is this medication commonly given for this purpose? Are there other, better alternatives that would be shorter acting and still accomplish the required tremor control? I am not particularly worried about this procedure and would prefer not to take anything if not for the tremor. Thank you.
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    B12 and iron serum levels

    Recent lab work found that my B12 level to be >1500 which is well above the normal range as defined on the lab report. I've been taking a 1000 mg B12 supplement. Is this level too high/can this cause problems? I'm wondering if I should reduce the amount of the B12 supplement I'm taking. Also my ferritin level was low normal (31). I have restless leg syndrome which I've been managing by taking an extra Sinemet at night. I've been told that a ferrous sulfate or ferrous gluconate supplement (325 mg) would bring my ferritin level up to around 75, which should help with my RLS. It seems I've read iron supplementation is not recommended for PWP (due to oxidation?).Is this true? Is this ferritin level really too low and is it advisable to treat RLS with an iron supplement or is it better treated with Sinemet ( or some other way)? Thank you very much!
  6. I'm still trying to find the sweet spot with more on time but less dyskinesia- I was having significant off times with Sinemet IR only with frequent failed doses. With Rytary, I tried switching over one dose at a time until I found the proper dose with less dyskinesia. But when I was close to being on Rytary all day, it gradually seemed to lose its effectiveness, especially after food (even with waiting at least 60 minutes before I ate). Long story short, I have noticed that if I start the day with one dose of Rytary and then switch to Sinemet IR the rest of the day, I get a better response from the Sinemet than I would without taking the Rytary dose first, particularly with my next dose of Sinemet 4 hours after the Rytary. My on time does diminish again later in the day, so I'm wondering if it might be worthwhile to try at least one more dose of Rytary instead of Sinemet later in the day. I currently take Rytary. 245+95, totaling 340 at 6:30 am Sinemet. IR 200 at 10:30 am, 2:30 pm, 6:00 pm Sinemet IR 100. at 9:30 pm Sometimes I take an additional Rytary 95 in the middle of the night for RLS (I have tried C/L CR in the past and cannot take the generic version currently available at my pharmacist as the fillers etc gave me migraines.. I also have gotten a better response from Sinemet IR) Do you think it might be beneficial to try switching my 2:30 pm dose of Sinemet to Rytary (340 mg, as in AM) essentially alternating between Rytary and Sinemet during the day? Then if I want to be consistent with the timing as in the morning, I would wait 4 hours until my next Sinemet instead of 3.5. Is there any problem with staggering this way? Thank you for your help!
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    Urinary tract infections

    Are urinary tract infections more common/ more likely for people, particularly women, with Parkinson's? If so, are there strategies to help reduce their occurrence? Thank you.
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    Rytary honeymoon then drop off

    Is there a recommended minimum interval with Rytary? And at some point does a fairly short interval suggest a return to Sinemet IR? Thank you.
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    Rytary honeymoon then drop off

    I started Rytary a couple of months ago and seemed to have a really positive response initially-for the first few weeks, with more on time than I was having with Sinemet IR. However this benefit has diminished considerably as time has gone on. I'm wondering if this means the dose just isn't high enough or if this might mean I don't really respond to this medication? Do others have this experience where it's great at first and then drops off significantly? Thank you!
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    Rytary experience

    Mark, Could you please provide a link to your description of your experience with Rytary? I realize everyone is different, but after a couple of months of trying Rytary where it seemed to have a pretty beneficial effect at first, it's now woefully inadequate - sometimes not kicking in at all, wearing off very quickly, being extra sensitive to food intake, etc. Don't know if I'm still just undermedicated and need to keep tweaking the dose, but I'm curious if others have had that experience. Thanks.
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    Rytary transition

    I am finally trying Rytary and have been hoping to make the transition one dose at a time, beginning with the morning dose. My MDS has agreed to try this although has never done it this way/is uncertain how to implement this, having always used the published conversion charts. I have been taking 850 mg Sinemet IR, 25/100 1.5 tabs at 7 am, then 2 tabs each at 10:40, 2 pm, 5:20 pm and 1 tab at 8 pm. Based on this dose, the published dose for Rytary (for a switch all in one day) would be 3 caps 36.25/145 mg 3 times per day (1305 mg levodopa). Therefore, in order to try the morning dose only, I initially started with this level - 3 caps Rytary (435 levodopa) followed by my regular Sinemet doses the rest of the day (after waiting 4 hours to resume Sinemet). By the fourth day, I experienced significant dyskinesia lasting 6 hours, skipped my 2nd dose of Sinemet and resumed it once dyskinesia subsided. For the remainder of the week, I have decreased the morning dose of Rytary to 290 mg (2 caps), and after four hours have continued with regular Sinemet dosing and schedule for the rest of the day. I've experienced some but not significant dyskinesia with this approach. In general, I've had better on time for the entire day than I was having with regular Sinemet IR. As I'm still experiencing some dyskinesia, I'm wondering if I should further decrease the Rytary dose in the morning (perhaps to 240 or even 190)? Or is the dyskinesia possibly caused by the Sinemet taken later in the day? I'm uncertain how or if I should adjust remaining Sinemet doses for the rest of the day after having taken the first dose of Rytary in the morning. After reviewing this first week's experience with my MDS, her suggestion is to just go with the typical approach of switching to Rytary all in one day and adjusting from there. Given my sensitivity to medications, which was my reason for wanting to try the one dose at a time transition in the first place, I'd like to continue to give this a try and not give up after only a week. I am all for "starting low and going slow" with all medications and feel I will have a better chance of success if this can be managed gradually. I appreciate any advice or suggestions you might have on how to make the this transition to Rytary one dose at a time. Thank you very much!
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    Rytary transition

    I am finally trying Rytary after I've had up to six hours of off time with Sinemet IR. But given my sensitivity to medications, I'm trying a transition one dose at a time, beginning with the morning dose. My doctor has agreed, but points out this isn't the typical approach and isn't sure how to best implement this. An article by Robert Hauser suggests that patients "sensitive to small changes in levodopa" initially find the right Rytary dosage for the first morning dose while remaining on the current levodopa schedule the rest of the day. Once the correct morning dose is identified, a second Rytary dose can be added and so on until the full day is covered. My Sinemet IR dose/schedule has been as follows: 25/100 - 1.5 tablets, 2 tablets, 2 tablets, 2 tablets, 1 tablet - starting at 7 am; 3.25 hours apart - for a total daily dose 850 mg levodopa Based on this dose, the recommended dose for Rytary (for a switch all in one day) would be 3 caps 36.25/145 mg 3 times a day (1305 mg) I've now tried the morning dose of Rytary for four days with the following experience and questions: Day 1: In order to start slower, tried Rytary 2 caps 36.25/145 (290 levodopa) for first dose. Did not kick in at all. Resumed regular schedule of Sinemet IR after 3.25 hours and felt pretty good the rest of the day (better than normal except for morning dose failure) Day 2: Rytary 3 cap 36.25/145 (435 levodopa) for first dose. Kicked in after about 30 minutes. On four hours (didn't really go off) but resumed IR at regular schedule for rest of day. Day 3: Same as day 2 except noticed more dyskinesia. Day 4: (today) Same dose Rytary for am dose (435 levodopa) at 7 am - by 12.30 still on but significantly more dyskinesia. Haven't taken next dose of IR yet 5.5 hours later (will wait until I go off and skip second dose IR) So I'm thinking the dose of 3 caps 36.35/145 (435) is too high and wondering how much I should back off - maybe 390 (145+245) or 340 (95+245) if I can hopefully get samples of these amounts? Or should I try the 290 again? Also, I'm not sure how to determine when/how much of my regular IR dosing/schedule to resume. It was obvious the first day when the Rytary didn't kick in at all and I was off. I just took my regular IR on schedule and it was fine. And I assume I shouldn't take another dose of IR when I'm already dyskinetic. Finally, when I hopefully reach a level of Rytary in the morning that (a) kicks in and (b) doesn't make me dyskinetic, how much of my remaining doses/schedule of IR would I take? It seems as if I just skipped my initial IR morning dose and then picked up with the second dose, I'd be getting too much C/L. Or should I slightly reduce the amount of Sinemet in later doses? I suppose these are some of the complications for why a switch all in one day is recommended, but I can tell already that the recommended dose of 3 36.35/145 TID would likely have been too high for me. The fact I'm getting more on time is encouraging to me whereas I've had frequent dose failures with the regular Sinemet IR. Anyway, thank you so much for your help and any advice you might have!
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    Sinemet and morning Blood Glucose increase

    This discussion about how administered insulin affects Sinemet and vice versa makes me wonder how Sinemet might affect hypoglycemia in someone who is not Diabetic. I have reactive hypoglycemia where my insulin spikes/blood sugar drops rapidly after consuming too much sugar or carbs, etc.. I try to control it by following a low glycemic diet. But I have always felt that my PD symptoms were worse when I felt hypoglycemic and sometimes even immediately after taking my Sinemet (which I try to always do on an empty stomach) and I may be slightly hypoglycemic. I'm always trying to balance the food intake, Sinemet timing and hypoglycemia. I'm wondering if there might be a way to refine how I'm taking my meds (maybe smaller amounts more often?) or the liquid version mixed with vitamin c you've described before? Seems best to somehow keep the hypoglycemia at bay. Any thoughts you might have on this would be appreciated! Also do you have a link to the article mentioned above? Thanks so much for all Your time and the help you give all of us! It's really invaluable!
  14. I have the opportunity to apply to participate in a clinical trial for the Neuroderm subcutaneous carbidopa levodopa pump. I'm wondering what the results are so far as to the efficacy of this delivery system and what phase the clinical trials are now in. I've had a consistent problem with poor absorption of C/L right from the beginning of treatment and now have unpredictable on/off times. I've been diagnosed with SIBO and now have to take a PPI so I'm wondering if avoiding the gut with this type of option might be a good alternative. Rytary is my next step otherwise but I'm wondering if I have issues with absorption if that would be a problem with Rytary as well. Thank you for any update you might have on the C/L subcutaneous pump.
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    Proton pump inhibitors

    Do proton pump inhibitors interfere with the absorption of Sinemet? I've been under the impression that drinking something acidic, eg with vitamin c, could help increase absorption so it seems that acid suppressing medications might have the opposite effect. Thank you.