Apokyn Cartridge 10 mg/mL (3 mL)
For Parkinson's disease.
This medicine is used by injecting it into the skin. Please ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for the correct places on your body where this medicine can be injected.
Carefully follow the instructions for preparing this medicine before injection.
Always inspect the medicine before using.
The liquid should be clear and colorless.
Do not use the medicine if it contains any particles or if it has changed color.
Check the medicine before each use. If the liquid medicine has any particles in it, appears discolored, or if the vial appears damaged, do not use it.
Keep this medicine at room temperature.
Protect medicine from light.
Do not store the medicine pen with the needle attached. Always remove the needle after each use.
Never use any medicine that has expired.
Please ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist how to discard unused medicines safely.
If you need to take a second dose, wait at least 2 hours after taking your first dose.
Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to show you how to use this medicine correctly.
You or a family member can be trained to give this medicine at home.
Do not inject into or near a vein, artery or nerve.
Do not inject into skin that is red, swollen or itchy.
Change the location of the injection each time. Choose a location at least 1 inch from the last injection.
Do not rub or massage the area where the injection was given.
Tell your doctor if you have severe or persistent sweating, diarrhea or vomiting. These can increase your risk of a serious side effect.
Please tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines you take. Include both prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Also tell them about any vitamins, herbal medicines, or anything else you take for your health.
If your symptoms do not improve or they worsen while on this medicine, contact your doctor.
Your doctor may prescribe other medications to reduce side effects. Follow instructions carefully.
If you have been on this medicine for more than a week, do not suddenly stop taking it without your doctor's approval. It could worsen your symptoms.
It is very important that you keep all appointments for medical exams and tests while on this medicine.
This medicine can be habit-forming. If you use this medicine regularly for a long time, it can lead to withdrawal symptoms when you stop. Please use this medicine only as directed.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include trouble breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness.
Some patients taking this medicine have experienced serious side effects. Please speak with your doctor to understand the risks and benefits associated with this medicine.
This medicine is associated with an increased risk of serious heart problems, heart attack, and stroke. Please speak with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this medicine. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience chest pain or difficulty breathing.
Do not use the medication any more than instructed.
This medicine may cause dizziness or fainting, especially after exercising or in hot weather. Be very careful when standing or sitting up quickly.
Your ability to stay alert or to react quickly may be impaired by this medicine. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you.
Do not drink beverages with alcohol while on this medicine.
If possible, avoid using with marijuana or other medicines that can cause dizziness or drowsiness. These include allergy/cold products, muscle relaxers, sleep aids, and pain relievers.
Call the doctor if there are any signs of confusion or unusual changes in behavior.
After being on this medication, speak with your doctor about any new, unusual or strong thoughts or feelings.
Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.
Ask your pharmacist if this medicine can interact with any of your other medicines. Be sure to tell them about all the medicines you take.
Please tell all your doctors and dentists that you are on this medicine before they provide care.
Do not start or stop any other medicines without first speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have painful erection or an erection for more than 4 hours, seek medical care right away.
Used needles and syringes should be thrown away properly in a medical waste container. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you need help.
Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.
The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.
- drowsiness or sedation
- reaction at the area of the injection (pain, redness, swelling)
Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:
- change in behavior
- chest pain
- changes in memory, mood, or thinking
- swelling of the legs, feet, and hands
- hallucinations (unusual thoughts, seeing or hearing things that are not real)
- fast or irregular heart beats
- unusual strong urges - such as increased need to shop, gamble, or have sex
- jaw pain
- uncontrollable movement of face, tongue, arms or legs
- muscle aches, spasms or abnormal movements
- shortness of breath
- extreme or persistent sleepiness
- symptoms of stroke (such as one-sided weakness, slurred speech, confusion)
- severe or persistent vomiting
A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.
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