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What Is Apomorphine Used For?

How Does Apomorphine Work?

A dopamine deficiency (caused by a loss of dopamine-producing cells) in certain parts of the brain may be responsible for many of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Apomorphine is classified as a dopamine agonist. This means that it works much like dopamine. Apomorphine binds to dopamine receptors and stimulates them, much like natural dopamine. This can help relieve Parkinson's symptoms.
 
Despite the name of its active ingredient (apomorphine), apomorphine does not bind to morphine receptors and does not act like morphine.
 

Apomorphine Uses in Children

Apomorphine is not approved for use in children. Discuss the potential risks and benefits of the drug with your child's healthcare provider.
 

Off-Label Apomorphine Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend apomorphine for something other than Parkinson's disease. In the past, apomorphine (the active ingredient in apomorphine) has been used for the following purposes:
 
Apomorphine is not approved for such uses.
 
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