Elan Pharmaceuticals | Atamet (Medication)


Atamet is a combination medication of carbidopa and levodopa, used to treat Parkinson symptoms such as muscle stiffness, tremors, spasms, and poor muscle control. This medication is also used to treat Parkinson symptoms caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese intoxication.

Levodopa is converted to a chemical called dopamine (DOE pa meen) in the brain. Symptoms of Parkinson's disease may be caused by low levels of dopamine in the brain. Carbidopa helps prevent the breakdown of levodopa before it can reach the brain and take effect. ...

Side Effect:

Side effects of using this drug may include:dizziness, nausea, vomiting, trouble sleeping, and headache may occur. This medication may cause your urine, sweat or saliva to turn red, brown, or black. This is harmless, but your clothes may become discolored.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:greatly increased eye blinking/twitching, irregular heartbeat, fainting, mental/mood changes (e. g. , confusion, depression, hallucinations, thoughts of suicide), worsening of involuntary movements/spasms.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur:easy bleeding/bruising, signs of infection (e. g. , fever, persistent sore throat), tingling of the hands/feet, vision changes (e. g. , blurred/double vision).

Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur:chest pain, seizures, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, black/tarry stools. ...


If you are already taking levodopa, you must stop taking it at least 12 hours before you start taking carbidopa and levodopa.

This medication may cause you to fall asleep during normal daytime activities such as working, talking, eating, or driving. You may fall asleep suddenly, even after feeling alert. Tell your doctor if you have any problems with daytime sleepiness or drowsiness.

You may have increased sexual urges, unusual urges to gamble, or other intense urges while taking this medication. Talk with your doctor if you believe you have any intense or unusual urges while taking carbidopa and levodopa.

During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor's advice. ...