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What is Selegiline used for?

Selegiline is used to treat Parkinson's disease. It is usually prescribed in combination with other medicines namely Levodopa/Carbidopa. This medication improves the symptoms of Parkinson's disease such as movement disorders and muscle stiffness. It prevents the breakdown of a chemical called dopamine in your brain. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What are the side effects of Selegiline?

Like other medicines, Selegiline can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Selegiline are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Selegiline cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Selegiline develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Selegiline can cause side effects such as dizziness, dry mouth, trouble sleeping, nausea, abdominal pain, stomach upset, and headache. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Selegiline.

What is the recommended dosage of Selegiline?

The dosage of Selegiline prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Selegiline. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.

Take Selegiline by mouth, usually twice daily with breakfast and lunch.

What if you miss a dose of Selegiline?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Selegiline medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Selegiline?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Selegiline, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Selegiline?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Selegiline.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Selegiline, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Selegiline can interact with antidepressants, diet pills, and certain antihistamines.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Selegiline?

Is it possible for me to take Selegiline with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Selegiline?
What are the possible drug interactions of Selegiline?
How will Selegiline work in my body?
How should Selegiline be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Selegiline drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Selegiline is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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