apomorphine (generic name)

It is used to treat 'off' episodes in advanced Parkinson's disease
(a poe MOR feen)
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What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. You may experience flushing, nausea, vomiting, pale skin, or sweating before dizziness or fainting occurs. Do not get up too quickly from a lying or sitting position. Report any dizziness or related symptoms to your health care provider as soon as possible. Alcohol may increase dizziness and drowsiness. Avoid alcoholic drinks. Do not take any medications that cause drowsiness without first checking with your health care provider.

If you find that you have sudden feelings of wanting to sleep during normal activities, like cooking, watching television, or while driving or riding in a car, you should contact your health care professional.

This medicine may cause severe nausea and vomiting. Your doctor may prescribe a medication to prevent these symptoms. Do not treat yourself. Not all medicines for nausea and vomiting can be used with this medicine. Talk to your doctor about which one may be right for you.

There have been reports of increased sexual urges or other strong urges such as gambling while taking some medicines for Parkinson's disease. If you experience any of these urges while taking this medicine, you should report it to your health care provider as soon as possible.

You should check your skin often for changes to moles and new growths while taking this medicine. Call your doctor if you notice any of these changes.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • abnormal or unusual body movements
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • blood pressure changes
  • confusion, hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not really there)
  • depression or depressed mood
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • excess sweating
  • fainting spells
  • falling asleep during normal activities like driving
  • irregular or fast, pounding heartbeat, palpitations
  • swelling in arms, hands, legs, or feet
  • unusually weak or tired
  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • drowsiness
  • headache
  • nausea
  • yawning

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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