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Emsam Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Emsam

Generic Name: selegiline (transdermal) (Pronunciation: se LE ji leen (trans DERM al))

What is selegiline transdermal (Emsam)?

Selegiline prevents the breakdown of chemicals in the brain that are often imbalanced in people with depression.

Selegiline transdermal is used to treat major depressive disorder in adults.

Selegiline may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of selegiline transdermal (Emsam)?

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

Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

Remove the skin patch and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of dangerously high blood pressure:

  • sudden and severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion;
  • sweating, nausea, neck stiffness, chest pain, feeling short of breath; or
  • fast or pounding heartbeats, fluttering in your chest.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • pain or burning when you urinate;
  • swelling in your hands or feet; or
  • problems with speech or balance, seizure (convulsions), sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • redness or itching where the patch is worn;
  • mild headache, muscle pain;
  • diarrhea, constipation, upset stomach, dry mouth;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • mild bruising, itching or rash; or
  • cough, sore throat, sinus pain or stuffy nose.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Emsam (selegiline transdermal system) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about selegiline transdermal (Emsam)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to selegiline, or if you have pheochromocytoma (tumor of the adrenal gland).

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.

If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using selegiline. You will need to stop using selegiline for at least 10 days before a planned surgery. Do not stop using selegiline without first talking to your doctor.

While using selegiline 9-mg or 12-mg patches, do not drink alcohol or eat foods that are high in tyramine, listed in the "What should I avoid while using selegiline?" section of this leaflet. Eating tyramine while you are using selegiline can raise your blood pressure to dangerous levels and cause life-threatening symptoms.

You may have thoughts about suicide when you first start using an antidepressant, especially if you are younger than 24 years old. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits for at least the first 12 weeks of treatment.

Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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