Apomorphine:
What is it?

Apomorphine:
How is it Used?


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Apomorphine Overview

Overview

(a poe MOR feen)

Created: 2006-10-13 10:43:49.0

Modified: 2010-03-19 13:19:47.0

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General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

How does it work?

• Apomorphine is used to treat a chemical imbalance in Parkinson's disease.

How is it best taken?

• This medicine is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.

• Your healthcare provider may teach you how to give the shot.

• Wash hands before and after use.

• Throw syringe away after single use. Do not reuse.

• Throw away needles in needle/sharp disposal box and return box to healthcare provider when full.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

Pharmacologic Category

Anti-Parkinson's Agent, Dopamine Agonist

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to apomorphine or any other part of this medicine.

• If you have a sulfite allergy, talk with healthcare provider.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

U.S. Brand Names

Apokyn®

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• This medicine is taken on an as needed basis.

• If medicine is stopped for more than one week, dose will need to be decreased.

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

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