Why is this medication prescribed?
Opicapone is used along with levodopa and carbidopa (Sinemet, Rytary) to treat the end-of-dose 'wearing-off' symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Opicapone is an inhibitor of catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT). Opicapone helps the levodopa and carbidopa work better by allowing more of it to reach the brain, where it has its effects.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
You should skip the missed dose. Take your regular dose at your next bedtime. Do not double the next dose to make up for the missed dose.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Opicapone may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- dry mouth
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- weight loss
- unusual or uncontrolled body movements
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical treatment:
- hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist)
- delusions (having strange thoughts or beliefs that have no basis in reality)
- aggressive behavior
Opicapone may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from light, excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).
It is important to keep all medication out of sight and reach of children as many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and young children can open them easily. To protect young children from poisoning, always lock safety caps and immediately place the medication in a safe location – one that is up and away and out of their sight and reach. http://www.upandaway.org
Unneeded medications should be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and other people cannot consume them. However, you should not flush this medication down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medication is through a medicine take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage/recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your community. See the FDA's Safe Disposal of Medicines website (http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.