How Does Apokyn Work?A dopamine deficiency (caused by a loss of dopamine-producing cells) in certain parts of the brain may be responsible for many of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Apokyn is classified as a dopamine agonist. This means that it works much like dopamine. Apokyn binds to dopamine receptors and stimulates them, much like natural dopamine. This can help relieve Parkinson's symptoms.
Despite the name of its active ingredient (apomorphine), Apokyn does not bind to morphine receptors and does not act like morphine.
Apokyn Uses in ChildrenApokyn is not approved for use in children. Discuss the potential risks and benefits of the drug with your child's healthcare provider.
Off-Label Apokyn UsesOn occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Apokyn for something other than Parkinson's disease. In the past, apomorphine (the active ingredient in Apokyn) has been used for the following purposes:
- To induce vomiting (usually in animals) to treat poisoning
- To treat heroine addiction
- To treat impotence (also known as erectile dysfunction, or ED).
Apokyn is not approved for such uses.