Parkinson´s disease is a slow progressive neurodegenerative disease whereby patients suffer from a lack of dopamine.
Symptoms of Parkinson´s disease are depending on severity of disease rigor (muscular rigidity), bradykinesia (slowed movements), tremor (muscle shivering) and postural instability.
Drug treatment of Parkinson´s disease aims to increase dopamine levels. This can be reached by supply of a precursor of dopamine (L-Dopa, is converted to dopamine in brain) or by dopamine agonist therapy (imitate the effect of dopamine).
Certain patients with fluctuations in the effectiveness of oral administered drugs (on-off phenomena) are suitable for administration of dopamine agonists with an infusion pump (Apomorphine pump). The active ingredient apomorphine is administered subcutaneously by means of a special infusion pump (via a fine needle). The infusion pump is usually used 16 hours per day, with a pause during the night. The apomorphine therapy with the infusion pump can be administered at the patient´s home (depending on the severity of the disease) by the patients themselves or their carers.
We support the patients with the treatment at home during the whole time. As soon as the patient leaves the hospital, the patient and/ or their carers are trained on handling the pump and the medication administration by our skilled nurses.
Our service center is specialized on Parkinson´s disease and supports the patients during the therapy by telephone. Additionally, our service center staff takes care of prescription management and delivery of medication and medical devices on the desired day and time. The service center staff is available for questions during weekends and holidays via a special service hotline.