Parkinsons Disease Home > Apokyn Injection Information

By stimulating a specific brain chemical, Apokyn® (apomorphine hydrochloride) can be used to relieve certain symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Specifically, the drug is used to minimize symptoms of "off" episodes, which involve things like:
 
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Slow movements
  • Trouble initiating movements.
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Because the medication usually causes severe nausea and vomiting, it is usually given along with Tigan® (trimethobenzamide), a drug that helps to reduce these symptoms. Apokyn is injected just under the skin (subcutaneously) as needed, up to five times per day. Your healthcare provider should show you exactly how to inject it.
 
Before using Apokyn, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on any other drugs you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, as well as any allergies you may have, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you have any other medical conditions, such as low blood pressure, asthma, or liver disease.
 
(For more information on this injectable drug, click Apokyn. Topics discussed in this full-length article include dosing tips, potential side effects, and safety issues to be aware of while using it.)
 
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