For Non-US Residents

Questions to ask Your Doctor


Patients can use these questions to begin a dialogue with the doctor to find out more about what they can do at this stage of Parkinson’s disease.


  1. What treatments are available for me at my stage of Parkinson's disease?

  2. Which one do you think is best for me? Why?

  3. How can I tell if TASMAR is right for me?

  4. What are the possible side effects of each treatment?

  5. How is the treatment administered?

  6. How can I manage the side effects that I might have?

  7. What symptoms, side effects, or problems should I report right away?

  8. How soon can I expect the new treatment to start working?

  9. How often do I need a checkup for my new Parkinson's disease therapy?

  10. How will it affect my personal life in terms of work, retirement, relationships, and need for help?

 

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TASMAR SHOULD NOT BE USED BY PATIENTS UNTIL THERE HAS BEEN A COMPLETE DISCUSSION OF THE RISKS AND THE PATIENT HAS PROVIDED WRITTEN INFORMED CONSENT (SEE PATIENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM).

WARNING: Because of the risk of potentially fatal, acute fulminant liver failure, TASMAR (tolcapone) should ordinarily be used in patients with Parkinson's disease on l-dopa/carbidopa who are experiencing symptom fluctuations and are not responding satisfactorily to or are not appropriate candidates for other adjunctive therapies (see INDICATIONS and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION sections).

TASMAR therapy should not be initiated if the patient exhibits clinical evidence of liver disease or two SGPT/ALT or SGOT/AST values greater than the upper limit of normal. Patients with severe dyskinesia or dystonia should be treated with caution (see PRECAUTIONS: Rhabdomyolysis).

Laboratory Tests: Although a program of frequent laboratory monitoring for evidence of hepatocellular injury is deemed essential, it is not clear that periodic monitoring of liver enzymes will prevent the occurrence of fulminant liver failure. However, it is generally believed that early detection of drug-induced hepatic injury along with immediate withdrawal of the suspect drug enhances the likelihood for recovery. Accordingly, the following liver monitoring program is recommended.

Please see accompanying complete prescribing information including BOXED warning.