Apokyn Side Effects
What should I watch for?
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. This medicine may cause a sudden drop in blood pressure with or without symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, feeling faint, or sweating, especially when you first start treatment or after an increase in dose. Do not get up too quickly from a lying or sitting position. A drop in blood pressure may increase the risk for falling. Report any dizziness or related symptoms to your health care provider as soon as possible. Limit alcoholic drinks. Alcohol may increase the risk of dizziness and drowsiness. 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.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Chest pain, discomfort, or pressure
dizziness, faintness, or light-headedness when getting up from lying or sitting position
falling asleep during activity
mood or mental changes
seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
twitching, twisting, uncontrolled repetitive movements of tongue, lips, face, arms, or legs
Arm, back, neck or jaw pain or discomfort
chest tightness or heaviness
fast or irregular heartbeat
low blood pressure or pulse
shortness of breath
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at injection site
Painful or prolonged erection of the penis
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.