What is Comtan used for?
Comtan is used together with carbidopa/
levodopa to treat people with Parkinsons disease that experience the signs and
symptoms of end-of-dose "wearing-off".
Comtans effectiveness has not been proven in people with Parkinsons
disease that do not experience end-of-dose "wearing-off".
What should I tell my doctor or health care provider?
- Comtan should be used with caution in patients with liver problems.
- Do not stop taking Comtan without first discussing it with your doctor.
- Do not drive a car or operate heavy machinery until you know how you will react
- Be especially careful when taking other sleep-inducing drugs while using Comtan
- Because certain other medications can interact with Comtan, review all
medications that you are taking with your health care provider, including those that you
take without a prescription.
- Check with your health care provider to make sure that you are not taking certain
types of monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors.
- Tell your health care provider if you are trying to become pregnant, are
pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
What are some possible side effects of Comtan? (This is NOT
a complete list of side effects reported with Comtan. Your health care provider can
discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)
Some of the side effects listed below may not appear for up to twelve weeks.
Individuals treated with Comtan should tell their health care provider right
away if they develop any of the following symptoms:
- Abnormal jerky movements
- Discolored (brownish orange) urine
- Abdominal pain
- Dizziness or fainting especially upon quickly standing or going from a laying
down to an upright position
- Severe diarrhea
- Muscle pain or prolonged rigidity
- High fever
For more detailed information about Comtan, ask your health care provider.
to Comtan's approved label
Date Posted: 6/7/00