What is Zelapar and How Does It Work?
Zelapar is a drug that prevents the breakdown of dopamine, a chemical found in your brain. Why would you want to prevent this breakdown? Lower levels of dopamine are associated with Parkinson’s disease, so preventing this breakdown could mean milder Parkinson’s symptoms.
If your doctor prescribed Zelapar for you, let him or her know if you are taking any other prescription or over the counter medication. This includes even multivitamins, regular vitamins, and herbal supplements. Do not drink alcohol while you are on Zelapar. If you have used cough or cold medication, Demerol, Darvon, Darvocet, Ultram, Ultracet, methadone, or any type of MAO inhibitors within fourteen days, do not take Zelapar. You should tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, high or low blood pressure, or any type of seizure disorder.
Your dose of Zelapar should be taken before breakfast and without liquid. Keep the tablet in the package until you are ready to take it. When you are ready, peel the foil back – do not push the tablet through the foil as it may cause damage to the tablet. Once you place the tablet in your mouth, it will begin to dissolve immediately. Allow it to dissolve – do not swallow it whole and do not chew it up. Once it dissolves, swallow several times to make sure you have digested all of it. Do not drink or eat anything for at least five minutes after taking your Zelapar tablet.
You should take Zelapar exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop taking Zelapar as if may have adverse side effects. If you miss one dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the next dose, just skip it and take the next does. Do not take two at the same time. You should store your Zelapar at room temperature, keeping it away from moisture and heat.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.