Cabaser is primarily used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. This is a disease of the brain that affects movement. Patients with Parkinson’s show three classical symptoms:
Resting tremor (described as pill-rolling).
Bradykinesia- slowness of movements.
Patients will display mask-like faces and an unbalanced, shuffling walk with this disease. Parkinson’s is caused by a deficiency of a chemical within the brain called dopamine. Cabaser works by enhancing the effect of dopamine thus reversing many of these signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Note that Cabaser may have been prescribed to you for some other reason than those listed above. Ensure you ask your doctor if you have any concerns about why this medication has been prescribed to you.
Cabaser tablets are intended to be swallowed (whole or half tablets with a full glass of water) and should be taken with food to reduce side effects of nausea or stomach upsets.
Cabaser should always be taken as prescribed by your doctor. They will be able to decide the best dose suited for you according to your condition and other comorbidities.
Cabaser is often used in combination with other Parkinson’s medications, especially levodopa.
The normal starting dose is either half or one 1mg tablet daily. Your doctor will then increase this dose gradually over several weeks. This is usually by adding half-one tablet to the daily dose once every week. If you have not had dopamine medications before, the final dose is usually between 2-4mg but if Cabaser is being used with levodopa you may take up to 6mg/day.
Cabaser is intended for long-term use to prevent symptoms and complications of Parkinson’s. You should therefore take it every day even if you feel well. Cabaser should be continued for as long as your doctor tells you.
Whilst you are taking Cabaser you need to take additional precautions driving and operating machinery as Cabaser can cause sleepiness, light-headedness or sudden onset of sleep in some patients. You should refrain from these activities until you have a good idea how this medication affects you. In addition, particularly early in the course of your treatment, you should make sure you stand up slowly to reduce the light-headedness caused by this medication.
Uncommon side effects
More serious side effects occur in less than 1% of patients. These however are serious and required urgent medical attention. The most serious side effects of Cabaser that have been reported include:
Allergic reactions which can be potentially life-threatening. Signs of allergy may include rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips and tongue, shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing. If any of these symptoms develop make sure you see your doctor or go to hospital immediately. This emphasises the importance of letting your doctor know any allergies that you may have prior to the commencement of the medication.
Lung damage such as pleural effusion, inflammation, pleural and pulmonary fibrosis. If you develop any breathing problems whilst on Cabaser see your doctor and they will probably order a chest x-ray.
Irregular heart beat.
Severe psychiatric side effects such as hallucinations and irrational thoughts or ideas.