Generic Name: rasagiline mesylate
Drug Class: monoamine oxidase-B inhibitor
Azilect is an oral prescription drug used alone or with other medications to manage Parkinson’s disease. It helps improve symptoms, such as difficulty moving, shakiness, and stiffness.
It can also help reduce the number of periods of slow movements,
Azilect Dosage Forms
This is available in Azilect 0.5 mg and 1 mg tablets.
Azilect Mechanism of Action
This generally works by reducing the breakdown of dopamine which can lead to an increase in the levels of some substances or neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. It is believed that the increased level of these neurotransmitters is likely to mediate the beneficial effects of this medication.
How to Take Azilect
Before starting with Azilect therapy, it is necessary to read the information leaflet or medication guide given by a healthcare professional. You must not take any medication unless you have understood the uses and directions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for further medical advice or additional details.
This tablet is only meant to be taken by mouth. This is usually prescribed once a day. You may take it with or without a meal. Swallow the oral tablet and drink fluids right after. If you need to split/crush the tablet, ask for supervision from a healthcare provider.
Make a dosing schedule. Do not increase or decrease your Azilect dosing. You should not take this oral drug more frequently than advised. Additionally, do not discontinue this drug abruptly. It is necessary to taper your doses.
Azilect Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
Severe Side Effects:
-Loss of balance
-Worsening of uncontrollable movements
-Swollen legs or ankles
-Unusual strong urges
-Mood or mental changes
-Easy bruising and bleeding
-Extremely high blood pressure
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Azilect.
If you experience severe or persistent adverse reactions, discontinue Rasagiline and talk to your doctor or any health care professional.
Warnings and Precautions
Do not take this prescription drug if you have a known allergy to rasagiline or any inactive ingredients it may contain. It is important to watch out for symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including difficulty breathing, swelling in the face or neck, severe dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, hives, or itchy skin. It is important to discontinue use of this medication if this occurs and to seek emergency medical attention right away.
This medication may be contraindicated for people with a history of stroke, high blood pressure, heart diseases, pheochromocytoma, frequent headaches or migraine, liver disease, hyperthyroidism, sleep disorders, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. All prescriptions, supplements, and herbal products should be listed due to the possibility of drug interactions.
Dizziness and drowsiness are among the adverse effects of this MAOI. You should practice safety caution when doing tasks that require clear vision and alertness, especially driving. Further, this medication can interact with alcohol and worsen your symptoms or adverse effects. Avoid drinking alcohol while on this treatment.
Pregnant and breastfeeding moms should not administer this medication unless all the risks have been discussed by the physician. Take this drug only if extremely needed.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Azilect used for?
Azilect (rasagiline) is being used to manage symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. This type of medication cannot cure the said central nervous system disorder.
What is Azilect drug class?
This oral drug is classified as a MAO type B inhibitor. Sometimes, this is also being referred to as an antiparkinson agent.
How fast does Azilect work?
This prescription medication may begin to improve your symptoms a week after you start taking it. However, it will still depend on the severity of your condition and how you respond to the treatment.
What foods are to avoid when taking Azilect?
Azilect – Foods to avoid: cured meat, fermented and air-dried meat or fish, red wine, tap beer, soy products, fermented cabbage, and aged cheese.
Does Azilect cause hallucinations?
Yes, this drug may possibly cause mental or mood changes and among these is hallucination. You may also experience abnormal dreams while taking this drug.
Do I need a prescription for Azilect?
This is a brand-name prescription medication. You need to present a valid prescription even if you buy it online.