Currently the only skin patch approved for treating depression, Emsam® (selegiline transdermal patch) is a type of monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) that is applied once a day. The patch is typically applied to the upper torso, upper thigh, or outer arm, with the site rotated each day.
To help ensure a safe and effective treatment, make sure to discuss the drug's safety information with your healthcare provider before taking Emsam. Side effects may include weight loss, headaches, and diarrhea, among others. In addition, this patch can potentially interact with a number of foods or medications.
This medication is currently not approved for use in people under the age of 18, and should never be taken by anyone under the age of 12, as dangerous side effects could occur.
(Click Emsam for a closer look at how to use this patch. This article also features information on how the patch performed in studies, factors affecting your dose, and important safety issues.)