Selegiline belongs to a class of medication called Monoamine oxidase type B (MAO-B) inhibitors. It prevents the breakdown of dopamine in the brain to increase dopamine concentration so as to prolong its action. It usually acts as initial monotherapy in mild Parkinson’s disease or an adjunct with levodopa/carbidopa in later stages.
Selegiline can be taken orally as tablets. The usual dose is 5 mg twice daily, or 5-10 mg daily in the morning.
Common dosing schedule:
Selegiline should be taken with meals in the morning to minimize any trouble sleeping and upset stomach. Take with breakfast, and lunch if it is twice-daily dosing.
This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.
Some common medications Selegiline may interact with:
Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.
In Hong Kong, Selegiline is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
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For detailed information about the use of Selegiline in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.