Eldepryl

(selegiline)

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Treats Parkinson's disease.

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Used with other medicines for Parkinson's disease to boost its effect.

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Quick facts about Eldepryl
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (selegiline)

Upsides

  • There are two different versions of Eldepryl (selegiline), a quick dissolving tablet and a regular tablet.
  • Eldepryl (selegiline) is one of the recommended medicines you can take along with carbidopa/levodopa if your Parkinson's disease is getting worse.
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Downsides

  • You may have to limit the amount of cheese, smoked meat, and soy sauce you eat while taking Eldepryl (selegiline) since it can raise your blood pressure.
  • Can keep you up at night if you take it later in the day
  • Doesn't work by itself to treat Parkinson's disease.
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How it works

Eldepryl (selegiline) is a selective monoamine oxidase inhibitor. It regulates the amount of dopamine in your body.

Quick facts about Eldepryl
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (selegiline)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
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What to expect when you take Eldepryl (selegiline) for Parkinson's disease

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  • Possible side effects
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness and fainting
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Dry mouth
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Side effect rates for Eldepryl (selegiline)

From 1485 clinical trials of Eldepryl when taken for depression
  • Skin irritation at the patch
    24%24%
    12%12%
  • Headache
    18%18%
    17%17%
  • Insomnia
    12%12%
    7%7%
  • Diarrhea
    9%9%
    7%7%
  • Dry mouth
    8%8%
    6%6%
  • Weight loss of at least 5%
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Indigestion
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Rash
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Sore throat
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Sinus infection
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Weight gain of at least 5%
    2%2%
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Eldepryl.

Eldepryl (selegiline)
Placebo

People taking Eldepryl felt side effect more

People taking Eldepryl felt side effect less

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Risks and Warnings for Eldepryl (selegiline)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Eating foods rich in tyramine, like soy sauce, fermented cheese and smoked meats
    • Taking cough and cold medicines like dextromethorphan (Robitussin DM), pseudoephedrine (Sudafed)

    Avoid eating foods high in tyramine while taking Eldepryl (selegiline), since it can increase your blood pressure.

Common concerns from people taking Eldepryl (selegiline)

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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Eldepryl
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Food
  • Avoid eating foods high in tyramine while taking Eldepryl (selegiline), since it can increase your blood pressure.