Who should not take Emsam?

People who are allergic to Emsam (selegiline) or to any part of the patch used to deliver it should not use Emsam. People with pheochromocytoma (a rare tumor of the adrenal system), should not use Emsam. Children under 12 years of age should not use Emsam, and it is also not recommended for children age 12 to 17. Emsam might be potentially dangerous to a fetus, so if a woman is pregnant or planning to get pregnant, she should discuss the risks and benefits of using Emsam with her doctor.
Emsam is found in breast milk, so the risks and benefits of Emsam for a nursing mother and child should be carefully considered. People on medications that interact with Emsam, such as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors); antidepressants, such as fluoxetine, sertraline and paroxetine; tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline and imipramine; and other antidepressants, including venlafaxine, bupropion, duloxetine, mirtazapine, St. John's Wort and other MAO-inhibitors (monoamine oxidase inhibitors), should not use Emsam. People on other medications, including carbamazepine (Tegretol), amphetamines, pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, ephedrine, tramadol, methadone and dextromethorphan should also not use Emsam.

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