Azilect is a medicinal drug that belongs to a category of drugs known as monoamine oxidase-B or MAO-B inhibitors. It contains the chemical rasagiline which is an irreversible inhibitor of the aforementioned monoamine oxidase. It can help improve symptoms such as shakiness, stiffness, and difficulty moving. It also helps to reduce the amount of "off" time (periods of slow movement or stiffness).
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. Do not increase your dose or take it more often than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase. Do not suddenly stop taking rasagiline without checking with your doctor. You may experience side effects such as fever or confusion.
A very serious high blood pressure reaction may rarely occur if you eat a large amount of tyramine while taking rasagiline and for 2 weeks after you stop it. Avoid foods that are high in tyramine, like aged cheeses (such as Stilton cheese). Rasagiline may cause drowsiness or dizziness.While on Azilect, you should also avoid or limit consumption of alcohol. Mixed with Azilect, alcohol can increase the risk of bleeding in the stomach. Also, if you are to have any form of surgery, you should inform your surgeon well ahead of time that you have been using Azilect as aspirin can cause complications in surgical procedures. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it. Some patients who take rasagiline have reported suddenly falling asleep while performing daily activities (eg, driving, eating, talking). Some patients did not experience drowsiness and felt that they were alert immediately before suddenly falling asleep. Some of these events have been reported as late as 1 year after rasagiline was started. Use caution when driving, operating machinery or performing other activities that could be dangerous. Inform your doctor if you experience unusual drowsiness or sleepiness while using rasagiline.
Do not use rasagiline if you are allergic to any ingredient in rasagiline, you have moderate to severe liver problems, you are taking fluoxetine or have taken it within the past 5 weeks, you are taking selegiline or another MAOI (eg, phenelzine) or if you have taken any of these medicines within the past 14 days.
Possible side effect
The most common side effects are dizziness, depression, joint pain, spinning sensation, mild outbreak of skin rashes, constipation, hair loss, dryness in the mouth, loss of appetite, tingly feeling, headache, stomach ache and stomach upset. You should seek emergency medical help right away and consult your doctor immediately if you have an unusual or uncharacteristic behavior, tremors, sudden numbness, nausea, loss in coordination, vomiting, passing out, muscle twitches, stiffness, rapid heart rate, speech defects, anxiety, confusion, confusion, blurred vision, shortness of breath, chest pain, nneven and irregular heartbeat, buzzing sensation in the ears, extremely high blood pressure, weakness on one side of the body or seizures.
Azilect can prove to be harmful if used in tandem with certain other drugs. Make sure to inform your doctor about the following drugs if you are to take Azilect: St. John's Wort, Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine), propoxyphene, meperidine, tramadol, dextromethorphan, methadone or Cipro (ciprofloxacin).
If you end up missing a dose, take the missed dose the moment you remember to do so. If however you remember when it is time for your subsequent dose, then leave out the missed dose. Do not however take any extra medication to make up for this missed dose.
If you overdose on Azilect, seek medical help right away.
Store rasagiline at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep rasagiline out of the reach of children and away from pets.
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