Generic Name: selegiline HCl
Drug Class: antiparkinson agent, monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor
Eldepryl is an oral prescription drug used to manage movement disorders caused by Parkinson’s disease. It helps improve shakiness, muscle stiffness, and loss of normal movement. This is usually prescribed as an adjunct to levodopa/carbidopa for patients who do not respond adequately to levodopa/carbidopa alone.
Eldepryl Dosage Forms
This is available in Eldepryl 5 mg and 10 mg tablets.
Eldepryl Mechanism of Action
This enzyme blocker generally works by reducing the breakdown of dopamine which can lead to an increase in the levels of some substances or neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. It is believed that the increased level of these neurotransmitters is likely to mediate the beneficial effects of this medication.
How to Take Eldepryl
Before starting with Eldepryl treatment, it is necessary to read the information leaflet or medication guide given by a healthcare professional. You should not take Eldepryl or any other medication unless you have understood the uses and directions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for further medical advice or additional details.
Eldepryl tablet is only meant to be taken by mouth and is usually prescribed two times a day or as directed by the doctor. You must take it with breakfast and lunch. Avoid taking the medication on an empty stomach. Swallow the prescription tablet and drink fluids right after.
Make a dosing schedule. As much as possible, avoid taking this drug late in the day as it can cause trouble sleeping. Do not increase or decrease your Eldepryl dosage, as it will depend on your overall health condition and how you will respond to the therapy. After taking this medication for two to three days, your doctor may recommend lowering your levodopa dosage. You should not also take this oral drug more frequently than advised and never stop taking it abruptly to avoid worsening effects.
Eldepryl Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
- Dry mouth
- Stuffy nose
- Stomach upset
- Abdominal pain
- Trouble sleeping or insomnia
Severe Side Effects:
- Worsening muscle stiffness
- Increased tremors
- Persistent nausea and vomiting
- Abnormal dreams
- Mental or mood changes
- Unusual strong urges
- Loss of balance
- Swollen ankles and legs
- Unusual weight gain
- Difficulty urinating
- Black, tarry stools
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- Severe headache
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Neck stiffness
- Widened pupils
- Vision changes
- Hypertensive crisis
- Serotonin syndrome
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Eldepryl.
If you experience severe or persistent adverse reactions from using Eldepryl, discontinue use and talk to your doctor or health care professional.
Eldepryl Warnings and Precautions
Do not take this prescription drug if you have a known allergy to selegiline or any Eldepryl ingredients the tablet may contain. Always watch for any signs of serious allergic reactions, including trouble breathing, swelling of the face and neck, severe dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, hives/itchiness, and skin rashes. If they occur, stop taking this oral medication and seek emergency medical help immediately.
Eldepryl may be contraindicated for people with a history of pheochromocytoma, stroke, cerebrovascular disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure, any heart disease, frequent headache, peptic ulcer, bleeding problems, hyperthyroidism, high blood pressure, diabetes, liver disease, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.
Due to any possible drug interactions, you should inform your doctor about all the prescription medications, nonprescription medications, supplements, and herbal products you are taking or have taken including the following medications below as your doctor may ask you not to take Selegiline if you have taken or these medications.
Dizziness and drowsiness are among the common adverse effects of this medication. Practice safety caution when driving or doing tasks that would need alertness. You must also limit your consumption of alcoholic drinks.
Ensure you inform your doctor as well if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Pregnant and breastfeeding moms must only take this Eldepryl drug if extremely necessary. It is unknown if it can cause harm to unborn babies and breastfed infants. It is necessary to discuss all the possible risks with a healthcare provider.
How much does Eldepryl cost in Canada?
PharmaPassport offers safe and affordable medications including Eldepryl. Do not use this medication or other medications unless prescribed. You need to obtain a valid prescription from your doctor.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Eldepryl used for?
Eldepryl (selegiline) is being used for patients with Parkinson’s disease. It improves one’s range of motion and the ability to do everyday tasks. This is usually used in combination with other medications, such as levodopa and carbidopa.
Does Eldepryl cause hypertension?
Yes, this oral drug may cause a sudden increase in blood pressure or a hypertensive crisis. To avoid this condition, do not eat foods and drinks that contain high amounts of tyramine, such as citrus fruits, bananas, aged cheeses, pickled foods, and soy products.
Does Eldepryl cause drowsiness?
Yes, you may feel sleepy, drowsy, and tired after taking this medication. This is why it is really necessary to take caution in doing activities right after this drug has been administered. Patients are also advised to avoid driving after taking this drug.
Does Eldepryl help with anxiety?
This antiparkinsonian drug may also help with anxiety and depressive symptoms among patients with Parkinson’s disease. However, this is not indicated only for mental or mood disorders. Do not take this product unless prescribed by your doctor.
What are the symptoms of serotonin toxicity?
High levels of serotonin in the system can cause mild to severe symptoms. Among these symptoms are agitation, restlessness, confusion, muscle rigidity, rapid heart rate, shivering, fever, diarrhea, headache, and muscle twitching.
Can I buy Eldepryl online?
Eldepryl is available for purchase online. You must present a valid prescription for our pharmacy or any pharmacies to dispense this medication