It is a new form of the drug Selegiline that was used for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Emsam was produced in the form of common plaster.

What is this drug used for?

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  • Treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Treatment of depression


What should you tell the doctor before starting to take this drug?

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  • If you are allergic to Selegiline or any other component of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to the similar on any other drugs, food products or other substances. Tell your doctor about the presence of allergy and its symptoms, such as rash, uticaria, itching, shortness of breath, hissing respiration, cough, swollen face, lips, tongue or throat, or any other symptoms.
  • In case of pheochromocytoma.
  • If you take some other drug, containing the same active substance.


If you take some drugs (both prescription, and over-the-counter, natural drugs and vitamins) that can’t be taken simultaneously with this drug, such as the drugs for the treatment of mood disorders, pain, seizures, weight loss and cold. There are many drugs that can’t be taken simultaneously with this drug.


Avoid the heat sources (for example, sun lamps, solarium, hot water bottle, electric blankets, infra-red lamps, saunas, jacuzzi, heated waterbeds). Avoid the long hot bath or sun baths. It can increase the body temperature, which will cause the increased penetration of the drug into the body.

Side effects

Light skin reddening after the removal of plaster and vertigo caused by the reduction of blood pressure.
Initially, Selegiline was approved for the use in the form of capsules for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Applied once a day, the plaster provides the transdermal delivery of Selegiline (monoamine oxidase) to the blood.

Unlike the other drugs of this class, the use of Emsam (at least, in small doses, doesn’t require special dietary restrictions). The plaster represents the three-layer matrix, composed of the basis, adhesive and releasing layer), immediately adjacent to the skin.

Any drug can have side effects. However, in many people, they are either insignificant, or absent. Contact your doctor or seek medical aid, if you have these or any other side effects:

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  • Vertigo.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Headache.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Sickness or vomiting.
  • Insomnia.
  • Diarrhea or liquid stool.
  • Back pain.
  • Head cold.
  • Stuffy nose.