Eldepryl is a medication that prevents the breakdown of dopamine in the brain. Low levels of this chemical are linked with Parkinson’s disease. That’s why doctors prescribe it along with carbidopa and levodopa to treat the symptoms of this serious medical condition.
While undergoing this treatment, you shouldn’t drink alcohol or consume food products high in tyramine, because they can raise your blood pressure and cause dangerous symptoms. Don’t stop the intake of Eldepryl suddenly, or you will end up with dangerous side effects. You may have unusual urges to gamble, increased sexual urges and other intense urges while undergoing this treatment.
Before you start using Eldepryl, inform doctors about any serious health conditions you have, including possible allergic reactions, hypertension, liver and kidney problems and others. Take this medicine according to the directions given by doctors and stated on the label. Usually patients are prescribed to take Eldepryl twice a day, during breakfast and lunch. Avoid overdosing this medicine and get medical help if you experience such symptoms as hallucinations, severe headaches, increased sweating, vision issues, fainting, seizures and some others. Eldepryl may affect your normal reactions and thinking or make you fall asleep suddenly, so be careful when driving or doing other things that require your full alertness.
Foods to Avoid
There are certain foods that should be avoided when undergoing this treatment, including:
Air dried, fermented or aged meat, salami or sausage;
Tap or pasteurized beer;
Spoilt fish, beef, liver and poultry;
Soy and fava beans.
Severe and Mild Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any signs of allergic reactions, such as difficulty breathing, hives, and swelling. Stop taking Eldepryl and call doctors if you experience:
Hallucinations and confusion;
Uncontrolled muscle movements and increased tremors;
Unusual behaviors and thoughts;
Lightheadedness and agitation;
Loss of coordination and anxiety;
Blurred vision and overactive reflexes;
Fainting and severe chest pain;
Convulsions and pounding heartbeats.
There are other mild side effects caused by this medicine, such as:
Nausea and dizziness;
Sleep issues and skin rash;
Constipation and irritation.
However, if any of them get worse or persist, you need to call your physician at once.
Possible Drug Interactions
Some of the most common meds that interact with Eldepryl include cough medications, narcotic pain killers, tramadol, St. John’s wort, antidepressants, MAO inhibitors and others. Don’t take these meds when undergoing this treatment, because you risk ending up with serious drug interactions that change the way Eldepryl works and lead to severe side effects. Make a list of other meds that you’re using and discuss it with your doctor.