Medications that are administered subcutaneously may cause skin reactions such as redness, tenderness, itching and the development of nodules. These skin reactions is one of the most commonly observed side-effects of apomorphine treatment, however they can be managed through good skincare practise.
Good skincare practise includes:
- Inject at least 1 inch (2.5cm) away from any recent injection sites and 1 inch (2.5cm) away from the belly button.
- Insert the needle at a 90 degree angle to the body.
- If you get any drops of Dacepton® on the skin, wipe it away ensuring the skin stays dry.
- Massaging the skin may be helpful to prevent skin nodule formation.
- Do not inject into a skin fold or scar tissue
- Do not inject into an area of skin that is sore, red, infected or damaged.
Rotating the injection sites is really important in preventing skin reactions when treating patients with Dacepton®. The picture below shows the commonly used injection site that can be used. D-mine® Pump patients may consider using a different site for every day of the week.