Compare entacapone vs. Apokyn

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Comtan (entacapone)

Prescription only

Apokyn (apomorphine)

Prescription only
Treats Parkinson's disease.

Comtan (entacapone) enhances the effect of carbidopa/levodopa. It's usually added on when carbidopa/levodopa starts to lose its effect on Parkinson's disease.

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.

Upsides
  • Allows you to get more out of carbidopa/levodopa, especially in later stages of Parkinson's disease.
  • Comtan (entacapone) is available in a single pill combination with carbidopa/levodopa.
  • 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
  • Must be taken with other medicines for Parkinson's disease
  • Can make you lightheaded especially if you suddenly stand up from sitting or lying down.
  • Can make you very sleepy
  • May require frequent adjustments before finding the dose that works best for you
  • 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.
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  • Injection
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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    25%
  • Nausea
    14%
  • Muscle spasm
    10%
  • Changes in urine color
    10%
  • Diarrhea
    10%
  • Muscle rigidity
    9%
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Abdominal pain
    8%
  • Fatigue
    6%
  • Constipation
    6%
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9possible side effects
  • Yawning
    40%
  • Movement problems
    35%
  • Drowsiness or sleepiness
    35%
  • Nausea or vomiting
    30%
  • Dizziness
    20%
  • Runny nose
    20%
  • Chest pain
    15%
  • Hallucinations
    10%
  • Swelling in arms and legs
    10%
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Risks and warnings
  • Falling asleep during the day

    Taking other medicines for Parkinson's

  • Low blood pressure and fainting

    Low blood pressure

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Lack of impulse control

    Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease

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  • Hallucinations

    Taking antipsychotic medicines

  • Falling asleep during the day

    Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease

  • Increased risk of heart attack or stroke

    History of heart disease or stroke

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