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Apomorphine

When and How to Take It

Some general considerations to keep in mind when taking this drug include the following:
 
  • The medication comes as an injection. It is injected just under the skin (subcutaneously) as needed to control "off" episodes, up to five times per day. Do not inject apomorphine into a vein.
     
  • This medicine comes in cartridges that are injected using a reusable injection pen. To use the pen, you will need specific types of needles known as "pen needles." Each time you inject apomorphine, you will need a new needle.
     
  • Your healthcare provider should show you exactly how to inject apomorphine. It can be injected into the skin and fat layer of the stomach, upper arm, or upper leg.
     
  • Although apomorphine liquid is clear, it can stain clothing or other fabrics or surfaces.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
     

Can I Buy Generic Apomorphine?

At this time, apomorphine is not available in generic form (see Generic Apokyn).
 

Who Makes Apomorphine?

Apomorphine is manufactured by Vernalis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
 

Available Strengths

Apomorphine is available in one strength -- apomorphine 3 mL multi-dose cartridges, containing 10 mg of apomorphine per mL. In order to inject apomorphine, you will need an apomorphine injection pen (which is reusable, so don't throw it away) and pen needles (which are used only one time each). Although the pen needles can be purchased at most pharmacies, apomorphine (and the apomorphine pen) must be purchased through certain "specialty pharmacies."
 
There are currently only two specialty pharmacies that provide apomorphine (your healthcare provider will help you obtain apomorphine through one of these pharmacies).
 
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