When and How to Take Apokyn

Some general considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
  • Apokyn comes as an injection. It is injected just under the skin (subcutaneously) as needed to control "off" episodes, up to five times per day. Do not inject it into a vein.
  • It comes in cartridges that are injected using a reusable injection pen. To use the pen, you will need specific types of needles known as "pen needles." Each time you inject Apokyn, you will need a new needle.
  • Your healthcare provider should show you exactly how to inject the medication. It can be injected into the skin and fat layer of the stomach, upper arm, or upper leg.
  • Although Apokyn liquid is clear, it can stain clothing or other fabrics or surfaces.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.

Dosing Information

The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • How you respond to Apokyn (you will take your first doses while under medical supervision)
  • Other medications you are taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Apokyn Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects

As with any medicine, Apokyn can cause side effects. Although some side effects may be merely bothersome, some are quite serious or intolerable. Side effects often limit the usefulness of the medication.
Common side effects of this medication include, but are not limited to:
  • Yawning
  • Involuntary muscle movements
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea and vomiting.
(Click Apokyn Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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