- selegiline hydrochloride
POM: Prescription only medicine
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The text only version may be available from RNIB in large print, Braille or audio CD. For further information call RNIB Medicine Leaflet Line on 0800 198 5000. The product code(s) for this leaflet are: PL 27925/0005, PL 27925/0006, PL 27925/0004.
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
Eldepryl 5 mg Tablets
Eldepryl 10 mg Tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.
What is in this leaflet
1. What Eldepryl is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Eldepryl
3. How to take Eldepryl
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Eldepryl
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT ELDEPRYL IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Eldepryl is available as a 5 mg and 10 mg Tablet. Eldepryl contains the active substance selegiline hydrochloride. Eldepryl is a monoamine oxidase-B inhibitor, and is used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Eldepryl may be taken alone in the early stages of your condition, delaying the need for the addition of other medicines. Eldepryl however can also be used in conjunction with other treatments such as Levodopa to reduce the on-off symptoms or uncontrolled movements you may experience. This happens especially when the effects of the other treatments are wearing-off. Your doctor will explain why this medicine has been chosen for you.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE ELDEPRYL
Do not take Eldepryl
Taking Eldepryl with Levodopa
Do not take Eldepryl together with Levodopa if you suffer from any of the following conditions:
Warnings and Precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Eldepryl if any of the following applies to you:
Eldepryl should not be given to children.
Other medicines and Eldepryl
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines. In particular it is important that you tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
Eldepryl needs a period of time to be completely removed from the body before starting certain other medicines. Please talk to your doctor for advice if you are thinking about starting other medication.
Eldepryl with food, drink and alcohol
You may take Eldepryl with food and drink.
Alcohol should be avoided whilst you are taking Eldepryl.
Your doctor may recommend that you avoid certain foods containing tyramine such as mature cheese, broad beans, Bovril, yeast extracts or fermented soya bean products.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Eldepryl may make you feel dizzy, drowsy or slow your reactions, therefore your ability to drive or operate machinery may be affected. If you experience these side effects then do not drive, use tools or operate machinery.
The medicine can affect your ability to drive as it may make you sleepy or dizzy.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure whether it is safe for you to drive while taking this medicine.
3. HOW TO TAKE ELDEPRYL
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Your doctor will normally start you on a dose of 10 mg Eldepryl each day.
This may be taken either as one 10 mg or two 5 mg tablets.
Make sure you ask your pharmacist if the label on your medicine does not tell you how to take Eldepryl.
If you take more Eldepryl than you should
Your doctor has carefully chosen the correct dosage for you so do not take more than the prescribed dose. However, if you accidentally take too much Eldepryl immediately contact your doctor or contact your nearest hospital casualty department. Symptoms of an overdose include agitation, feeling irritable, restless or tired, severe headache, shaking, high or low blood pressure, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, experiencing situations, visions or sounds which are not real (hallucinations), dizziness, fast irregular heartbeat, chest pain, severe muscle spasms, fever, excessive sweating, loss of consciousness and fits.
If you forget to take Eldepryl
If you forget to take a dose, take a dose as soon as you remember, but do not take more than the recommended dose every 24 hours. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking Eldepryl
Do not stop taking Eldepryl unless told to do so by your doctor. If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If someone else takes your medicine
If someone else has swallowed any of your medicine, contact your nearest hospital casualty department or tell a doctor immediately.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Very Common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people)
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
Not Known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data) However these events can be considered to be very rare
Side effects when Eldepryl is used with Levodopa
When Eldepryl is taken with levodopa this may increase the side effects of levodopa such as:
These side effects will usually stop when the amount of levodopa you are taking is reduced.
Talk to your doctor about reducing the dose if you experience any of these effects.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE ELDEPRYL
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children. Your medicine could harm children. Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Store your tablets at a temperature below 25°C, in a dry safe place. Tablets provided in plastic bottles should be kept in the container with the lid tightly closed and tablets provided in blister packs should be stored in the original carton, in order to protect them from moisture. If your doctor decides to stop treatment, return any left-over medicine to your pharmacist. Only keep it if your doctor tells you to.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Eldepryl contains
The active substance is selegiline hydrochloride. The tablets contain either 5 mg or 10 mg of the active ingredient.
The other ingredients are mannitol, maize starch, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone and magnesium stearate.
What Eldepryl looks like and contents of the pack.
Eldepryl Tablets are white in colour. Eldepryl 5 mg Tablets are available in a bottle of 100 tablets or blister-packs of 30, 50, 60 or 100 tablets. Eldepryl 10 mg Tablets are available in a bottle of 50 or 100 tablets or blister-packs of 30, 50, 60 or 100 tablets. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
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This leaflet was last revised in November 2015.
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