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Emsam (Selegiline) is a medicine, used for the treatment of depression.

Drug Name

Emsam (Selegiline)

Drug Uses

Emsam is a medicine, used for the treatment of depression. It is applied as a patch to your skin.

How Taken

This medicine is for use on the skin. Carefully follow the directions that come with the patches. Use exactly as directed. Find an area of skin on your upper torso (below the neck and above the waist), upper thigh, or the outer surface of the upper arm that is clean, dry, undamaged, and hairless. Before you apply the patch, wash hands and the area where the patch is to be applied with soap and water. Dry your hands and the area thoroughly. Remove the patch from the sealed pouch and apply it immediately. Do not try to cut or trim the patch. Using your palm, press the patch firmly in place to make sure that there is a good contact with your skin. Wash your hands again with soap and water after you apply the patch. Change the patch every day, at roughly the same time each day. When you apply a new patch, use a new area of skin. Do not use more than one patch at a time. If your patch falls off, apply a new patch to a new site and continue with your previous schedule. You should throw away the folded patch so thatchildren and/or pets cannot reach it.Showering, bathing, or swimming should not effect your patch. Avoid having the patch come in contact with sources of heat like heating pads, electric blankets, heat lamps, saunas, hot tubs, heated water beds, and prolonged direct sunlight.Elderly patients over the age of 65 may have a stronger reaction to this medicine and should use it with caution. Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Drug Class and Mechanism

Emsam is a unique option for patients with depression, also known as a major depressive disorder. It has been proven to provide a significant relief from depression.

Missed Dose

If you forget to replace a patch, use it as soon as you can. Only use one patch at a time and do not leave on the skin for longer than directed. If a patch falls off, you can replace it, but keep to your previous schedule and remove the patch at the right time.


Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Do not store outside of the sealed pouch that your patch originally came in.