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Apokyn (apomorphine) has some of the same effects as a chemical called dopamine, which occurs naturally in your body. Low levels of dopamine in the brain are associated with Parkinson's disease. Apokyn is used to treat "wearing-off" episodes (muscle stiffness, loss of muscle control) in people with advanced Parkinson's disease. Apokyn is injected under the skin. You should be shown how to use injections at home. Do not give yourself this medicine if you do not understand how to use the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes. Do not inject Apokyn into a vein.
Azilect(rasagiline)works by increasing the levels of certain chemicals in the brain. Azilect is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease(stiffness, tremors, spasms, poor muscle control). Azilect is sometimes used with another medicine called levodopa.
Duopa (carbidopa/levodopa) is a combination medicine used to treat movement problems in people with advanced Parkinson's disease. Duopa reduces the "off time" effect associated with taking other medicines to treat Parkinson's symptoms. Duopa is a gel form of carbidopa and levodopa that is infused directly into the small intestine. Duopa is given with an infusion pump through a tube inserted into the wall of your stomach through a surgical incision called a "stoma" or a "port."
You will need a surgical procedure to create your stoma. A special tube called a "PEG-J" tube, will be placed through the stoma and into your small intestine. This tube is attached to an infusion pump that will deliver Duopa into your body. Duopa comes in a plastic cassette that is attached to the infusion pump. Your care provider will program the pump and show you how to use it. Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. Abbvie also has a patient assistance program for assistance with the use of the pump.
Neupro (rotigotine) has some of the same effects as a chemical called dopamine, which occurs naturally in your body. Low levels of dopamine in the brain are associated with Parkinson's disease.
Neupro skin patches are used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease, such as stiffness, tremors, muscle spasms, and poor muscle control.
Neupro is also used to treat restless legs syndrome (RLS).
Neupro skin patches come with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Mirapex (pramipexole) has some of the same effects as a chemical called dopamine, which occurs naturally in your body. Low levels of dopamine in the brain are associated with Parkinson's disease.
Mirapex is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease, such as stiffness, tremors, muscle spasms, and poor muscle control. Mirapex is also used to treat restless legs syndrome (RLS).
Immediate-release tablet (Mirapex) is approved to treat either Parkinson symptoms or RLS. The extended-release tablet (Mirapex ER) is only approved to treat Parkinson symptoms.
Parkinson's and RLS are two separate disorders. Having one of these conditions will not cause you to have the other condition.
Gocovri (amantadine) is a prescription medicine containing amantadine.
Gocovri extended release capsules are used to treat dyskinesia (sudden uncontrolled movements) in people with Parkinson's disease who are treated with levodopa or levodopa plus other medicines that increase the effects of dopamine in the brain.
Northera (droxidopa) works by constricting (narrowing) the blood vessels and increasing blood pressure. Northera is used to treat low blood pressure that causes severe dizziness or a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out. Northera is for use in people with conditions of the nervous system that can cause low blood pressure (such as Parkinson's disease, multiple system atrophy, autonomic failure, and others).
Northera is usually taken 3 times per day, as follows. First dose in the morning when you wake up; second dose at mid-day; third dose in the late afternoon or at least 3 hours before you go to bed. The timing of your doses is very important in helping to maintain a healthy blood pressure while you are taking this medicine. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.
Nuplazid (pimavanserin) is an antipsychotic medicine that works by changing the actions of chemicals in the brain. Nuplazid is used to treat hallucinations and delusions caused by psychosis that is related to Parkinson's disease. Nuplazid is the only medication approved by the FDA at this time to treat Hallucinations and Delusions caused by psychosis related to PD.
Rytary (carbidopa/levodopa) is a combination medicine used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease, such as muscle stiffness, tremors, spasms, and poor muscle control. Parkinson's disease may be caused by low levels of a chemical called dopamine (DOE pa meen) in the brain.
Levodopa is converted to dopamine in the brain. Carbidopa helps prevent the breakdown of levodopa before it can reach the brain and take effect.
Rytary is also used to treat Parkinson symptoms caused by carbon monoxide poisoning or manganese intoxication.
Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.
Inbrija (levodopa inhalation powder) is a prescription medicine used for the return of Parkinson’s symptoms (known as OFF episodes) in people treated with carbidopa-levodopa medicines. Inbrija does not replace regular carbidopa-levodopa medicines. Inbrija is for oral inhalation only. Do not swallow or open Inbrija capsules.
Sinemet (carbidopa/levodopa) is a combination medication is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease or Parkinson-like symptoms (such as shakiness, stiffness, difficulty moving). Parkinson's disease is thought to be caused by too little of a naturally occurring substance (dopamine) in the brain. Levodopa changes into dopamine in the brain, helping to control movement. Carbidopa prevents the breakdown of levodopa in the bloodstream so more levodopa can enter the brain. Carbidopa can also reduce some of levodopa's side effects such as nausea and vomiting.
Stalevo is a combination drug consisting of levodopa, carbidopa, and entacapone. Levodopa is converted to a chemical called dopamine (DOE pa meen) in the brain. Symptoms of Parkinson's disease may be caused by low levels of dopamine in the brain. Carbidopa helps prevent the breakdown of levodopa before it can reach the brain and take effect. Entacapone increases levels of levodopa in the body. The combination of carbidopa, entacapone, and levodopa is used to treat Parkinson symptoms such as muscle stiffness, tremors, spasms, and poor muscle control.
Cogentin (benztropine mesylate) reduces the effects of certain chemicals in the body that may be unbalanced as a result of disease (such as Parkinson's), drug therapy, or other causes. Cogentin is used together with other medicines to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (muscle spasms, stiffness, tremors, poor muscle control).
Exelon (rivastigmine) is used to treat mild to moderate dementia caused by Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease. Exelon improves the function of nerve cells in the brain. It works by preventing the breakdown of a chemical that is important for the processes of memory, thinking, and reasoning. People with dementia usually have lower levels of this chemical.
Nuedexta (dextromethorphan/quinidine) is used to treat involuntary outbursts of crying or laughing in people with certain neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease). Dextromethorphan affects the signals in the brain that trigger cough reflex and is generally used as a cough suppressant. Quinidine affects the way that the heart beats and is generally used in people with certain heart rhythm disorders.
Osmolex ER (amantadine) is an antiviral medicine that blocks the actions of viruses in your body.
Osmolex ER is used to treat or prevent influenza A in adults and children. This medicine may not be effective during every flu season because certain strains of the virus may be resistant to Osmolex ER. This medicine should not be used in place of getting a yearly flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control recommends an annual flu shot to help protect you each year from new strains of influenza virus. Osmolex ER is also used to treat Parkinson's disease and "Parkinson-like" symptoms such as stiffness or tremors, shaking, and repetitive uncontrolled muscle movements that may be caused by the use of certain drugs.
Validus Pharmaceutical LLC
Parlodel (bromocriptine mesylate) is used to treat certain conditions caused by a hormone imbalance in which there is too much prolactin in the blood (hyperprolactinemia). Symptoms include lack of sexual development in adolescents. Women may have missed menstrual periods, loss of interest in sex, hot flashes, infertility, or unexpected breast milk production and leakage from the nipples. Men may have enlarged breasts, decreased libido, decreased facial or body hair, and loss of muscle. Parlodel is also used to treat these disorders when they are caused by brain tumors that can produce prolactin. Parlodel is sometimes used together with surgery or radiation in treating acromegaly, a condition caused by a pituitary gland tumor that produces too much growth hormone. Parlodel is also used to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease, such as stiffness, tremors, muscle spasms, and poor muscle control.
Bausch Health Companies Inc.
Tasmar (tolcapone) is used together with other medicines (carbidopa and levodopa) to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease, such as stiffness, tremors, muscle spasms, and poor muscle control. This medicine increases levels of levodopa in the body. Tasmar is usually given to people who are already taking carbidopa and levodopa but have not had successful treatment of symptoms.