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Talking with Your Doctor


One of the most valuable relationships Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients will have is the one with their physician. Chances are, there will be a team of doctors to coordinate and plan care. But patients may want to choose one of them — a primary physician, neurologist, or a doctor with experience in movement disorders, to establish an ongoing relationship with. Taking the time to find a doctor you trust and can talk to may take time, but it’s worth it. This is especially true if Parkinson’s disease advances.


Patients will want to discuss motor symptoms and as well as feelings with the doctor; both accompany Parkinson’s disease. Remember that information read on the web should never be substituted for talking with the doctor.


10 questions to ask your doctor

Medicine Diary

 

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.