Brand Name: Apokyn®
What is Apokyn used for?
Apokyn is used by injection, as needed, only to treat loss of control of body movements in people with advanced Parkinson’s disease (PD). This condition is also called hypomobility or “off” episodes. An "off" episode may include symptoms such as muscle stiffness, slow movements, and difficulty starting movements. Apokyn may improve your ability to control your movements when it is used during an “off” episode. This may help you walk, talk, or move around easier. Apokyn is not used to prevent “off” episodes. Apokyn does not take the place of your other medicines for PD.
Who should not take Apokyn?
Do not take Apokyn if you are:
allergic to Apokyn or to any of its ingredients. Apokyn contains a sulfite called metabisulfite. Sulfites can cause severe, life-threatening allergic reactions in some people, especially in people with asthma.
· Apokyn should be injected just under the skin (subcutaneously), and not into a vein.
· Carefully read the Apokyn “Instructions for Use" for complete instructions on preparing and giving an injection of Apokyn. Do not inject Apokyn unless you and your caregiver have been taught the right way and both of you understand all the directions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
General Precautions with Apokyn:
Do not drink alcohol or take medicines that make you sleepy while you are taking Apokyn.
What should I tell my health care provider?
Tell your health care provider if you:
· medicines to treat nausea, vomiting, or irritable bowel syndrome including 5HT3 antagonists or blockers such as ondansteron (Zofran®), granisteron (Kytril®), dolasteron (Anzemet®), palonosteron (Aloxi®)
· vasodilators and other medicines that lower blood pressure
· medicines that make you sleepy
What are some possible side effects of Apokyn? (This list is NOT a complete list of side effects reported with Apokyn. Your health care provider can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)
Some common side effects with Apokyn include:
heart problems (shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, chest pain)
severe nausea and vomiting
sleepiness or falling asleep during the day
sudden uncontrolled movements
injection site reactions
swelling of arms/legs
For more detailed information about Apokyn, ask your health care provider or pharmacist.