How To Use This Medicine
Take Eldepryl exactly as it was prescribed for you.
Do not take the medication in
larger amounts or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Larger doses will
not have any greater effect, but serious side effects could result. Follow the directions
on your prescription label.
Foods that you MAY eat include:
fresh meat, poultry, or fish including:
- lunch meat
- hot dogs
- breakfast sausage
- cooked sliced ham
- any vegetables except broad bean pods (fava beans)
- processed cheese
- cottage cheese
- pizza made with cheeses low in tyramine
- soy milk, yogurt
- brewer's or baker's yeast
You MUST NOT eat foods that are high in tyramine, including::
- air dried meats, aged or fermented meats including:
- sausage or salami
- pickled herring
- spoiled or improperly stored beef, poultry, fish, or liver
- beer from a tap
- beer that has not been pasteurized
- aged cheeses, including:
- over-the-counter supplements or cough and cold medicines that contain tyramine
- soy beans
- soy sauce
- miso soup
- bean curd
- fava beans
- yeast extracts (such as Marmite)
Eldepryl capsules are usually taken twice a day, at breakfast and lunch. Follow your
The disintegrating tablet form of Eldepryl (Zelapar®) should be taken once a
day before breakfast and without any liquid.
To take Eldepryl orally disintegrating tablets (Zelapar®)
Keep the tablet in its blister pack until you are ready to take the medicine. Open the
package and peel back the foil from the tablet blister. Do not push a tablet through the
foil or you may damage the tablet.
Using dry hands, remove the tablet and place it in your mouth. It will begin to dissolve
Do not swallow the tablet whole. Allow it to dissolve in your mouth without
chewing. Swallow several times as the tablet dissolves.
Do not drink or eat anything for at least 5 minutes after taking a Zelapar
orally disintegrating tablet.
Parkinson's disease is often treated with a combination of different drugs. To best
treat your condition, use all of your medications as directed by your doctor. When you
start taking Eldepryl, your doses of the other medications may need to change. Do not
change your doses or medication schedule without advice from your doctor.
Do not stop taking Eldepryl suddenly or you may have harmful side effects. For
best results, keep taking the medicine as prescribed.