||EMSAM is the first and only once-daily skin patch for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD), or depression.
EMSAM is in a class of medicines called monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors. That means it is in a class of medicines that is different from some other depression treatments, like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). EMSAM is thought to increase the level of three chemicals: serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine.
In clinical trials, EMSAM was effective in relieving symptoms in many patients who had 1 or more episodes of MDD.
- The time may vary by person, but many see improvements in depression symptoms after a few weeks of treatment
EMSAM is different because it’s a skin patch, rather than a pill. EMSAM delivers medication steadily over a 24-hour period directly to your bloodstream through the skin. That way, it gets to your brain without having to pass through your stomach first.
The most common side effect of EMSAM is a skin irritation where the patch is. There may be redness at the site when a patch is removed. This redness should go away within several hours after removing the patch. If irritation or itching continues, tell your health care professional.
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