|(seh LEDGE ah
|Atapryl®; Eldepryl®; Selpak®|
|Foreign Brand Names|
Antidepressant, Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor; Anti-Parkinson's Agent (Monoamine
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to selegiline or any other part of the
- If you are taking
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used for the treatment of early symptoms of
|How does it work?|
- Selegiline increases a chemical in the brain called dopamine. There
may be low amounts of dopamine in the
|How is it best taken?|
- Take with breakfast and lunch.
- Take early in the day to avoid sleep
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor). Could worsen side
- If you are on a high dose (10 mg per day), avoid tyramine-containing
foods. These would include aged meats and cheeses, soy sauce, certain beans,
sauerkraut, beer, concentrated fungus (yeast) extracts, and others. Talk with
- Do not use this medicine with monoamine oxidase inhibitors. These
include isocarboxazid, phenelzine, and tranylcypromine. Separate use by 2 weeks.
- Use caution if you have high blood pressure. Talk with healthcare
- Do not use over-the-counter products that may affect blood pressure.
These include cough or cold remedies, diet pills, stimulants, ibuprofen or like
products, certain herbs or supplements. Talk with healthcare provider.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Feeling lightheaded or faint. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or
activities that require you to be alert until you see how this medicine affects
- Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking
hard candy, or chewing gum may help.
- Dizziness is common. Rise slowly over several minutes from sitting or
lying position. Be careful climbing
|What should I monitor?|
- Check blood pressure regularly.
- Watch for symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Are they better, worse, or
about the same?
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Very nervous and excitable.
- Changes in balance, feeling shaky or unsteady.
- Passing out, fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness.
- Severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- Flushing, headache, or rapid heartbeats.
- Any rash.
- No improvement in condition or feeling
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight container at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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