Movement Disorders

Medical Treatments - Apokyn

Apokyn belongs to a class of drugs called "dopamine agonists."  These medications mimic the action of dopamine in the brain. They cause the brain's nerve cells to react as they would to dopamine.

Apokyn is injected under the skin, like insulin, on an "as needed basis to treat"off¯ episodes. Since it is injectable, it may work quickly to help improve movement.  It is used along with, not in place of, your other Parkinson's disease medications.

Apokyn is first tried in the physician's office where the patient's response can be monitored. If this is well tolerated, the patient will be given a prescription for use at home. 

Side Effects

Side effects may include nausea and vomiting, daytime sleepiness, dyskinesias (sudden uncontrolled movements), dizziness and low blood pressure.

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