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Ongentys (opicapone) is used with levodopa/carbidopa to treat patients with Parkinson's Disease who are experiencing “off” episodes.
Follow the instructions that come with your prescription. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Ongentys is available in 25 mg and 50 mg oral capsules.
Recommended dose: 50 mg by mouth once daily at bedtime. Food should be avoided for at least 1 hour before and 1 hour after taking Ongentys. The dose may be adjusted in patients with liver problems.
Do not take Ongentys with non-selective monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors. Ask your doctor if you are unsure whether or not you take MAO inhibitors.
Do not take Ongentys if you have ever had pheochromocytoma, paraganglioma, or other tumors that secrete catecholamines.
Ongentys can cause side effects, including sudden and involuntary movements, constipation, low blood pressure, weight loss, and an elevated blood creatine kinase. However, these are not all the possible side effects of Ongentys. Call your doctor right away if you develop side effects that are troublesome or won't go away.
Ongentys (opicapone) capsules, for oral use. San Diego, CA: Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc.; 2020.