Brief Report: PDF OnlyContin Manuela; Riva, Roberto; Martinelli, Paolo; Procaccianti, Gaetano; Baruzzi, AgostinoClinical Neuropharmacology: February 1989 - p 75-81 Buy Abstract Summary The effect of a 2.5-fold increase in daily carbidopa intake on the bioavailability of levodopa was studied in six patients with Parkinson's disease on a low chronic regimen of carbidopa-levodopa (Sinemet) at the fixed ratio of 1:10. The extent of levodopa absorption, expressed as the area under the 11-h plasma levodopa concentration-time curve (AUC0–11 h), was not enhanced by the higher carbidopa dose. A significant increase in the AUC was found for the levodopa metabolite 3-O-methyldopa at the higher carbidopa intake. Clinical performances of individual patients were identical with both carbidopa-levodopa ratios. From these data, an adequate inhibition of peripheral decarboxylation and hence a good bioavailability of levodopa may be expected in patients taking low doses of carbidopa-levodopa, using currently available commercial preparations. © Williams & Wilkins 1989. All Rights Reserved.