Like most medicines, Gocovri can cause mild to severe side effects. The lists below describe some of the more common side effects Gocovri can cause, but do not include all possible side effects.
Keep in mind that the side effects of a medicine can depend on:
- your age
- other health problems you have
- other medicines you are taking
Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you more about the potential side effects of Gocovri. They can also suggest ways to help reduce side effects.
Mild side effects
Below is a list of some of the mild side effects that Gocovri can cause. For more information about other mild side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist, or read the Package Leaflet for Gocovri prescribing information.
Mild side effects of Gocovri that have been reported include:
Mild side effects of many medications can disappear within days to weeks. But if they become bothersome, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Serious side effects
Serious side effects of Gocovri can occur, but they are not common. If you have serious side effects, call your doctor right away. But if you think you have a medical emergency, immediately call 911 or your local emergency number.
Serious side effects of Gocovri that have been reported include:
*For more information on this side effect, see the “Side Effects Focus” section below.
If you think someone is at immediate risk of harming themselves or another person:
- Dial 911 or your local emergency number.
- Stay with the person until help arrives.
- Remove any guns, knives, drugs, or other objects that could cause damage.
- Listen, but don’t judge, argue, threaten or yell.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, get help from a crisis or suicide prevention hotline. Try the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
Focus on side effects
Learn more about some of the side effects Gocovri can cause.
Falling asleep during regular activities or during the day
Taking Gocovri may cause you to fall asleep during regular activities or during the day. This is because the drug can cause extreme drowsiness and fatigue (low energy consumption).
Although this side effect was not common in studiespeople taking Gocovri have reported falling asleep during activities such as:
- driving a motor vehicle (which has resulted in accidents)
- eat a meal
- to have a conversation
Extreme drowsiness caused by Gocovri can occur without warning. In some cases, people have reported feeling awake and alert immediately before falling asleep.
You may be at increased risk of this side effect when taking Gocovri if you:
- having a sleep disorder or unpredictable sleep patterns
- taking other medicines that may make you drowsy
- consume alcohol
What might help
Before prescribing Gocovri, your doctor will assess your risk of extreme sleepiness. If you have other risk factors for daytime sleepiness or falling asleep during activities, your doctor may decide that Gocovri is not safe for you.
If you start having these side effects while taking Gocovri, tell your doctor. They will help you decide if you should continue taking Gocovri or stop driving.
Hallucinations, paranoia or delusions
Taking Gocovri may cause hallucinations, paranoia or delusions as a side effect.
- A hallucination is seeing or hearing something that isn’t really there.
- Paranoia is fear or mistrust that is not rational.
- An illusion is a false belief.
These were among the most commonly reported side effects in studies by Gocovri. They are more likely to occur when you first start taking Gocovri and each time your dose is increased.
You may also have an increased risk of these side effects if you have an existing mental health condition, such as schizophrenia. Because of this risk, doctors usually do not prescribe Gocovri if you have certain mental health conditions.
Hallucinations, which were the most common side effect in Gocovri’s studies, occurred more often in adults aged 65 and over. In some cases people have stopped taking Gocovri due to hallucinations.
What might help
If you experience hallucinations, paranoia, or delusions while taking Gocovri, call your doctor right away. They can help treat your symptoms and determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Gocovri.
But if you think you have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately or seek emergency medical attention.
Difficulty managing impulses
You may have trouble managing your impulses as a side effect of Gocovri. Here are examples of unmanageable urges the drug can cause:
- binge eating
- increased sex drive
- strong urges to spend money
- unusual gambling cravings
It is not clear if impulse management problems have been reported as a side effect in Gocovri treatment. studies. But other drugs that work similarly to Gocovri have caused this side effect. And this side effect was
What might help
Contact your doctor immediately if you notice any difficulty managing your impulses while taking Gocovri. In some cases, lowering the dose or stopping the drug has ended these cravings.
Because it may be difficult for you to identify these behaviors as unusual or abnormal, it is important that someone knows that you are taking Gocovri. This can be a loved one, caregiver, or family member who can help identify unusual behaviors if you have them.
Some people may have an allergic reaction to Gocovri. Although allergic reactions have not been reported in studies of Gocovri, they can still occur.
Symptoms of a mild allergic reaction may include:
A more serious allergic reaction is rare but possible. Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction can include swelling under the skin, usually on the eyelids, lips, hands or feet. They can also include swelling of the tongue, mouth, or throat, which can lead to difficulty breathing.
Call your doctor right away if you have an allergic reaction to Gocovri. But if you think you have a medical emergency, immediately call 911 or your local emergency number.