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Eldepryl

ELDEPRYL®
(selegiline hydrochloride)

DRUG DESCRIPTION

ELDEPRYL (selegiline hydrochloride) is a levorotatory acetylenic derivative of phenethylamine. It is commonly referred to in the clinical and pharmacological literature as l-deprenyl.

The chemical name is: (R)-(-)-N,2-dimethyl-N-2-propynylphenethylamine hydrochloride. It is a white to near white crystalline powder, freely soluble in water, chloroform, and methanol, and has a molecular weight of 223.75. The structural formula is as follows:

ELDEPRYL (selegiline hydrochloride) Structural Formula Illustration

Each aqua blue capsule is band imprinted with the Somerset logo on the cap and "Eldepryl (selegiline hcl) 5 mg" on the body. Each capsule contains 5 mg selegiline hydrochloride. Inactive ingredients are citric acid, lactose, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose.

What are the possible side effects of selegiline (Eldepryl, Zelapar)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop taking selegiline and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • sudden and severe headache, confusion, blurred vision, problems with speech or balance, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, seizure (convulsions), and sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body);
  • feeling light-headed, fainting;
  • hallucinations;
  • feeling restless,...

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What are the precautions when taking selegiline hcl (Eldepryl)?

Before taking selegiline, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: a certain kind of adrenal gland tumor (pheochromocytoma), cerebrovascular disease (e.g., stroke), heart problems (e.g., congestive heart failure, heart attack), high blood pressure, history of severe/frequent headaches, peptic ulcer.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: bleeding problems, diabetes,...

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Last reviewed on RxList: 7/15/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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