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A 62-year-old man accidentally injected 25 mg of APOKYN subcutaneously. After 3 minutes, the patient felt nauseated and lost consciousness for 20 minutes. Afterwards, he was alert with a heart rate 40/minute and a supine blood pressure of 90/50. He recovered completely within an hour.
APOKYN is contraindicated in patients:
- Using concomitant drugs of the 5HT3 antagonist class including antiemetics (e.g., ondansetron, granisetron, dolasetron, palonosetron) and alosetron [see DRUG INTERACTIONS]. There have been reports of profound hypotension and loss of consciousness when APOKYN was administered with ondansetron.
- With hypersensitivity/allergic reaction characterized by urticaria, rash, pruritus, and/or various manifestations of angioedema to apomorphine or to any of the excipients including a sulfite (i.e., sodium metabisulfite). Patients with a sulfite sensitivity may experience various allergic-type reactions, including anaphylactic symptoms and life-threatening asthmatic attacks. Patients who experience any hypersensitivity/allergic reaction to APOKYN should avoid taking APOKYN again.
Last reviewed on RxList: 8/8/2014
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