Eldepryl is prescribed to treat Parkinson's disease.
Eldepryl is prescribed along with levodopa or levodopa/carbidopa to make it more effective.
Eldepryl is prescribed along with Sinemet (levodopa/carbidopa) for people with Parkinson's disease. It is prescribed when Sinemet no longer seems to be working well. Eldepryl has no effect when taken by itself; it works only in combination with Larodopa (levodopa) or Sinemet.
Parkinson's disease, which causes muscle rigidity and difficulty with walking and talking, involves the progressive degeneration of a particular type of nerve cell. Early on, Larodopa or Sinemet alone may alleviate the symptoms of the disease. In time, however, these medications work less well; their effectiveness seems to switch on and off at random, and the individual may begin to experience side effects such as involuntary movements and "freezing" in mid-motion.
Eldepryl may be prescribed at this stage of the disease to help restore the effectiveness of Larodopa or Sinemet. When you begin to take Eldepryl, you may need a reduced dosage of the other medication.
Eldepryl may cause:
- Dry mouth;
- Loss of appetite;
- Stomach upset;
These effects should subside as your body adjusts to the medication. If they
continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. To relieve dry mouth,
suck on (sugarless) hard candy or ice chips, chew (sugarless) gum, drink water
or use saliva substitute. Infrequently, Eldepryl may increase the skin's sensitivity to
sunlight. If this happens to you, avoid prolonged sun exposure, wear
protective clothing and use a sunscreen. Avoid sunlamps.
Eldepryl can cause dizziness and lightheadedness especially during the
first few days of therapy. Avoid tasks requiring alertness if you experience
Notify your doctor promptly if you develop any of the following side effects:
- Chest pain;
- Difficulty breathing;
- Difficulty urinating;
- Involuntary movements (especially of the hands or face);
- Irregular heartbeat;
- Severe headache;
Eldepryl side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Dry Mouth;
- Abdominal Pain;
The recommended dose of Eldepryl is 10 mg per day divided into 2 smaller doses of 5 mg each, taken at breakfast and lunch. There is no evidence of additional benefit from higher doses, and they increase the risk of side effects.
The use of Eldepryl in children has not been evaluated.