• Mood disorders

Emsam Generic Name & Formulations

General Description

Selegiline 6mg/24hrs, 9mg/24hrs, 12mg/24hrs; transdermal system.

Pharmacological Class


How Supplied

Transdermal system—30


Generic Availability


Emsam Indications


Major depressive disorder.

Emsam Dosage and Administration


Apply to dry, intact skin on upper torso, upper thigh, or outer surface of upper arm. Rotate application sites. Do not cut patches. ≥18yrs: initially one 6mg/24hrs patch once daily. May titrate at intervals of ≥2 weeks in increments of 3mg/24hrs; max 12mg/24hrs. Elderly (≥65yrs): 6mg/24hrs once daily. Doses above 6mg/24hrs: see full labeling for tyramine dietary modifications.


≤17yrs: not recommended.

Emsam Contraindications


Concomitant SSRIs (eg, fluoxetine, sertraline, paroxetine), SNRIs (eg, venlafaxine, duloxetine), TCAs (eg, clomipramine, imipramine), opiates (eg, meperidine, tramadol, methadone, pentazocine, propoxyphene), dextromethorphan. Concomitant carbamazepine. Children <12yrs of age. Pheochromocytoma.

Emsam Boxed Warnings

Boxed Warning

Suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Emsam Warnings/Precautions


Increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults; monitor for clinical worsening or unusual changes. Monitor for serotonin syndrome or hypertensive crisis; discontinue if occurs. History of bipolar disorder, mania/hypomania. Severe hepatic impairment, ESRD, dialysis: not studied. Avoid exposing patch to external heat sources. Reevaluate periodically. Elderly. Pregnancy. Nursing mothers: not recommended (during and for 5 days after the last dose).

Emsam Pharmacokinetics

See Literature

Emsam Interactions


See Contraindications. To avoid potentially severe or fatal interactions, allow sufficient drug-free interval between selegiline and contraindicated drugs (see full labeling). Increased risk of serotonin syndrome with concomitant other serotonergic drugs. Hypertensive crisis with carbamazepine. Monitor BP with concomitant buspirone, amphetamines, cold products or weight-reducing preparations with sympathomimetic amines (eg, pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, phenylpropanolamine, ephedrine). Avoid alcohol, dietary supplements with tyramine.

Emsam Adverse Reactions

Adverse Reactions

Application site reaction, headache, insomnia, diarrhea, dry mouth, dyspepsia, rash, pharyngitis, sinusitis; serotonin syndrome, hypertensive crisis.

Emsam Clinical Trials

See Literature

Emsam Note

Not Applicable

Emsam Patient Counseling

See Literature