| Tasmar |
Tolcapone is used in combination with other medicines to treat Parkinson's disease in persons who have not responded well to other therapy.
- Do not share this medication with others.
- Laboratory tests will be done to monitor for drug side effects (e.g., liver function).
- Store at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
Tasmar (tolcapone) 100 mg
- HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: This drug is recommended for use with other Parkinson medicine (e.g., levodopa/carbidopa).
- The medicine is taken by mouth, exactly as directed, generally three times daily with or without food.
- Follow all instructions, as this and other medicine dosages may need to be adjusted during treatment.
- Do not stop using this medicine suddenly, or decrease the dose without consulting your doctor.
- Serious side effects could result.
- Benefits should be noticeable within 3 weeks.
- If not, consult your doctor.
- Nausea, loss of appetite, dizziness, drowsiness, unusual sweating, dry mouth or constipation might occur.
- If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
- Report promptly diarrhea, muscle movement/coordination or stiffness problems, mental/mood changes or headache.
- Unlikely but report promptly any pink-colored urine, yellowing skin or eyes, stomach pain, dark urine, trouble breathing, chest pain, fast heartbeat or fainting.
- Very unlikely but report promptly fever, vision problems, rash, facial swelling or black/bloody stools.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history, including any allergies (especially drug allergies), very low blood pressure, kidney or liver disease.
- To avoid dizziness and lightheadedness when rising from a seated or lying position, get up slowly.
- Limit alcohol intake, as it may aggravate drug side effects.
- Caution is advised when performing hazardous tasks (e.g., driving) while using this drug, since it may cause drowsiness.
- This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
- Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
- It is not known whether this drug is excreted into breast milk.
- Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
- Caution is advised when this drug is used in the elderly, as hallucinations may occur more commonly than in other groups.
- If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
- If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
- Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
- Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may use, especially MAO Inhibitors (e.g., phenelzine, tranylcypromine, furazolidone, moclobemide), methyldopa, dobutamine, isoproterenol, apomorphine, warfarin, desipramine and drugs which may cause drowsiness such as sleep medicines, sedatives, tranquilizers, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), psychiatric medicines, anti-seizure drugs, muscle relaxants and certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine).
- Antihistamines are frequently found in nonprescription products, including cough-and-cold products.
- Consult your pharmacist.
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.