Oral medication, deep stimulation of the brain and an intestinal levodopa-infusion (Duodopa) can be used to treat Parkinson’s disease. In addition, a recently introduced subcutaneous apomorphine infusion (Apogo) has recently become available on the market.
Intestinal levodopa and subcutaneous apomorphine infusion have made it possible to significantly improve the quality of life and functional capacity for many patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease. The precondition for these treatments is that the patient has idiopathic Parkinson’s disease and oral medicines have not been adequate in controlling motor symptoms.
Duodopa –treatment requires day-to-day maintenance of the equipment, such as placing the drug doses (cassettes) in the pump and flushing the tubing. These measures can be taken by either the patient, a spouse or another close person who is able to participate in the daily treatments. Sometimes home or outpatient nursing staff take part in the treatment provided that they have received adequate training.
Pay attention to storage temperature
Both products are very expensive and require special attention from the user also regarding storage temperature:
– DUODOPA is a product sensitive to temperature fluctuations and light. It remains usable unopened in a refrigerator (2 ° C – 8 ° C) for 15 weeks. After opening, the cassette must be used immediately and no later than 16 hours after removal from the refrigerator. Any unused dose cassette should be discarded.
– The APOGO pen should be stored at temperatures below 25ºC. The product is sensitive to light. The product should be stored in the same conditions after opening and between use. After the first opening, the product remains usable for 48 hours.
Ensure correct storage of your medication with LIKELLE products!
Likelle’s Travelpack makes it easy to track and manage temperature. The design of the product has taken into account the tremors and movement constraints caused by Parkinson’s disease – the box is easy to open and close. The LED light and the free mobile app will alert you if the temperature of your medication is incorrect – making it easy for the nursing staff to make sure the product is working properly.
It is often difficult to remember when the medication has been started! Now, it’s made unprecedentedly easy – by using a mobile app calendar to keep you updated on for how long the medication is still usable.
Travelpack facilitates the daily life of patients with Parkinson’s disease. It frees the patient to be mobile and enables longer holidays – the medicines remain usable for up to 12h at refrigerator temperatures. How would it feel like stopping for coffee on a pharmacy trip without the fear of your expensive medicines becoming spoiled?
Medical Licentiate, Medical Specialist Jukka Puolitaival