Apomorphine was introduced before the era of levodopa as a treatment for idiopathic Parkinson's disease (iPD). A number of practical obstacles were to be solved before a wider use of the drug was possible. Today, however, the drug is probably still underutilized. Apomorphine is a strong nonergoline D1 and D2 receptor agonist with a dopaminergic effect comparable with levodopa. In this review motor and non-motor indications for intermittent injections and subcutaneous apomorphine infusions are listed. The reduction of 'off' periods is more than 50% on infusion therapy and if monotherapy is achieved a significant reduction of pre-existing levodopainduced dyskinesias is seen. The aim of this review is to give practical insight into apomorphine treatment, highlighting side effects, and complications and device-related problems are discussed with advice on how to prevent or handle these, should they occur. A number of practical points including the apomorphine test, requirements of the clinical setting, how to increase adherence and troubleshooting are added.
Neurodegenerative Disease Management, 2014, Vol 4, Issue 3, p. 271-82