Statement from the Parkinson’s Foundation Medical Director, Michael Okun, MD
“Today, Adamas announces FDA approval of an extended release amantadine capsule called GOCOVRI. This drug will provide a practical once a day solution for dyskinesia management and reducing “off” time. Patients who are currently well managed using multiple doses per day of generic amantadine for dyskinesia will not likely derive additional symptomatic benefits from switching to once a day dosing; however, patients experiencing side effects from amantadine may wish to discuss options with their neurologist.
Both GOCOVRI and generic amantadine use is linked to a risk of side effects such as dizziness, hallucinations or blotching on the skin of the legs. If you are considering starting this medicine or switching to this medicine we recommend consulting with your doctor.
In an independent Parkinson’s Foundation study prior to this approval, we found that generic amantadine use improved dyskinesia in patients. However, amantadine use does have a risk of side effects including insomnia and hallucinations. GOCORVI has been designed to limit the risk of these complications and it will not carry generic amantadine’s warning for insomnia.”
Call our Helpline, 1-800-4PD-INFO, or visit www.GOCOVRI.com for more information.
About the Parkinson’s Foundation
The Parkinson’s Foundation is working toward a world without Parkinson’s disease. Formed by the merger of National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), the mission of the Parkinson’s Foundation is to invest in promising scientific research that will end Parkinson’s disease and improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s, and their families, through improved treatments, support and the best care. For more information, visit www.parkinsonsfoundation.org, or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).
About Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
Affecting an estimated one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, PD is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression) as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for PD and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.
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