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Can Parkinson's disease medications be given by IV (intravenously)?

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Parkinson's Disease
Duke Medicine
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There are no IV [intravenous] PD formulations available in the United States, but IV lisuride and apomorphine are available in Europe. In addition there is a levodopa gel that may be pumped into the stomach from a small feeding tube.

Better options may be PD medications that dissolve in the mouth. "Parcopa" or carbidopa/levodopa ODT is equivalent to swallowed versions of levodopa. Zydis-selegiline is the same as selegiline.

Apomorphine may also be injected just under the skin up to 6 times per day.

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