Emsam – See Related Topics

Emsam (selegiline) is an antidepressant drug found in the class called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAIOs) that are used to regulate naturally-formed chemicals in the brain that, when not regulated, bring about mood disorders. It is most commonly used as a treatment for major depressive disorder (MDD) and is unique as it is the only transdermal drug used for this condition. Use of a transdermal drug is a means to provide individuals with protection from what is called the “cheese reaction.” The cheese reaction happens when tyramine, a chemical found in cheese, reacts with an MAOI drug causing serious side effects including stroke and hypertensive crisis. By using a transdermal patch, this reaction does not occur and the user of Emsam is not then placed on a dietary restriction.

Misuse of Emsam is highly unlikely because of its patch form, though it is possible. Users are warned not to use more than directed or cut them up, as doing so can interfere with the method by which the drug is delivered to their system.

Because Emsam is a mood-altering drug, there are side effects to watch for. These can include restlessness, panic attacks, depression, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, suicidal thoughts, aggression, mania, and acting on impulses.

Side effects can be more severe if Emsam is not use as prescribed or tapered when attempting to discontinue its use. This can bring on stronger senses of not feeling mentally balanced and can leave the user feeling unstable, and possibly not wanting to stop using this medication.

To help, we have related topics to help you learn more about Emsam, its side effects, and what you can do if you suspect you or someone you know may be misusing this drug. Contact The Recovery Village at our toll-free hotline at any time.


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Mixing Emsam with AlcoholEmsam could lead to dangerous side effects when mixed with alcohol. Tell your doctor about your typical alcohol consumption before you start on an Emsam treatment program.