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Eldepryl is a medicine called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). It is used in combination with levodopa and carbidopa to treat signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
How does this medication work?
Eldepryl is thought to work by increasing the activity of a chemical in your brain called dopamine. By increasing dopamine activity, Eldepryl may help improve symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Eldepryl may help relieve symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Eldepryl exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider may ask you a series of questions from time to time that will help assess how well your symptoms are controlled with treatment.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, abdominal (stomach area) pain, confusion, hallucinations, dry mouth.
Less common side effects may include:
Urges to behave in a way unusual for you, such as unusual urges to gamble or increased sexual urges and behaviors.
Eldepryl may interact with certain foods (such as aged cheese and meats), causing a life-threatening increase in blood pressure with symptoms such as severe headaches. It is important that you follow any dietary recommendations your healthcare provider gives you.
If you are also taking levodopa, Eldepryl may make some side effects of levodopa worse, such as causing uncontrolled sudden movements or make such movement you already have worse.
Do not take Eldepryl if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take Eldepryl if you are taking a medication called meperidine.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Eldepryl. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver problems; depression; history of skin cancer; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: The recommended dose is 5 milligrams twice a day.
Take Eldepryl exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Eldepryl without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Take Eldepryl with breakfast and lunch.
Do not take certain medications for depression (such as amitriptyline, fluoxetine, paroxetine, protriptyline, or sertraline) while you are taking Eldepryl or within 14 days of stopping Eldepryl. Taking these medications together with Eldepryl can cause serious side effects.
Do not drive a car, operate heavy machinery, or engage in other dangerous activities until you know how Eldepryl affects you.
If Eldepryl is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Eldepryl with the following: certain antidepressants (such as amitriptyline, fluoxetine, paroxetine, protriptyline, or sertraline), ephedrine, other MAOIs (such as phenelzine, tranylcypromine), or selegiline.
The effects of Eldepryl during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Eldepryl, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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