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Emsam Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is selegiline transdermal (Emsam)?
- What are the possible side effects of selegiline transdermal (Emsam)?
- What is the most important information I should know about selegiline transdermal (Emsam)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before using selegiline transdermal (Emsam)?
- How should I use selegiline transdermal (Emsam)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Emsam)?
- What happens if I overdose (Emsam)?
- What should I avoid while using selegiline transdermal (Emsam)?
- What other drugs will affect selegiline transdermal (Emsam)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Emsam)?
Apply a skin patch as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra patches to make up the missed dose.
If a patch becomes loose, press it back in place. If a patch falls off, apply a new one and go back to your regular schedule for patch changes.
What happens if I overdose (Emsam)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include severe headache, hallucinations, vision problems, sweating, cool or clammy skin, fast or uneven heart rate, feeling lightheaded, fainting, or seizure.
What should I avoid while using selegiline transdermal (Emsam)?
While using the 9-mg or 12-mg patches, you must NOT eat foods that are high in tyramine, including:
- air dried meats, aged or fermented meats, sausage or salami (including cacciatore and mortadella), pickled herring, and any spoiled or improperly stored beef, poultry, fish, or liver;
- beer from a tap, beer that has not been pasteurized;
- aged cheeses (such as blue, Swiss, cheddar, Parmesan, or Romano cheese);
- over-the-counter supplements or cough and cold medicines that contain tyramine;
- sauerkraut, soy beans, soy sauce, tofu, fava beans; or
- yeast extracts (such as Marmite).
Eating tyramine while you are using selegiline can raise your blood pressure to dangerous levels which could cause life-threatening side effects. You should become very familiar with the list of foods to avoid while you are using selegiline.
Avoid drinking alcohol while you are using selegiline.
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
What other drugs will affect selegiline transdermal (Emsam)?
There are many other medicines that can cause serious medical problems if you take them while using selegiline. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about selegiline transdermal.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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