Compare Dostinex vs. Apokyn

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Dostinex
(Cabergoline)

Apokyn
(apomorphine)

Coming soon.Helps you move around. Apokyn (apomorphine) is good for treating the "off" episodes or difficulty moving around when you have advanced Parkinson's disease, but it can cause vomiting and sudden sleepiness.
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Side effects
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We haven’t found good data for Dostinex side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Dostinex »
  • Yawning 40%
  • Movement problems 24%
  • Drowsiness or sleepiness 35%
  • Nausea or vomiting 19%
  • Dizziness 20%
  • Runny nose 20%
  • Chest pain 15%
  • Hallucinations 10%
  • Swelling in arms and legs 10%
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How it works
DostinexApokyn
Coming soon.Apokyn (apomorphine) is a non-ergoline dopamine agonist. Apokyn (apomorphine) allows you to move around more freely by stimulating the brain's ability to use dopamine, which is important for movement.
Type of medication
DostinexApokyn
Prescription only
Available as
DostinexApokyn
  • Pill
  • Injection
Used for
DostinexApokyn
  • Hyperprolactinemia
Risk factors for serious side effects
DostinexApokyn
Coming soon.
    • Taking antipsychotic medicines
    • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease
    • History of heart disease or stroke
        Detailed Apokyn (apomorphine) risks & warnings »
        Pregnancy

        Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

        Sleep
        DostinexApokyn
        No sleep related info.
        • Apokyn (apomorphine) can make you sleepy or fall asleep without warning. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
        • Apokyn (apomorphine) can make you sleepy or fall asleep suddenly without warning. Don't drive or do anything that requires your full concentration until you know how Apokyn (apomorphine) affects you. You're more at risk if you're taking other medicines for Parkinson's. Talk to your doctor if this bothers you.
        Upsides and benefits
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        • Preferred drug according to the guidelines to treat the "off" periods or inability to control movements well that's associated with Parkinson's.
        • People respond to the injection of Apokyn (apomorphine) very quickly and this response can last longer than other medicines.
        Downsides and risks
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        • Can cause vomiting and sudden sleepiness. Your doctor will have to give you a medicine to stop the vomiting from happening.
        • Apokyn (apomorphine) should only be used if you have an "off" period of moving around. You should keep using your other medicines for your Parkinson's.
        • Dosing can be confusing since the pen only dispenses in milliliters, and there have been reports of people getting overdoses of Apokyn (apomorphine) because they thought it was for milligrams.
        • Stopping Apokyn (apomorphine) suddenly or lowering the dose too quickly can cause your muscles to become very stiff and you might get a very high fever, which can be life threatening. Talk to your doctor if you want to stop taking this medicine.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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        • Apokyn (apomorphine) can cause nausea, so your doctor will give you medicine to help stop that and vomiting.
        • Your doctor will tell you how much Apokyn (apomorphine) you will inject. This is given in milliliters. Turn the pen so that the correct dose is given.
        • Apokyn (apomorphine) can make you sleepy or fall asleep without warning. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
        • Always change where you inject Apokyn (apomorphine) and always use a fresh needle every time. This will make injecting safer and less painful.
        • If the liquid inside the Apokyn (apomorphine) cartridge does not look clear and colorless, don't use it. Use a new cartridge or call your pharmacy.
        • Can cause you to feel faint, especially if you get up after sitting or lying down for a while. Be careful moving around after you use Apokyn (apomorphine) so you don't fall.
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