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Azilect and the generic alternative Rasagiline is a medication used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease such as shakiness, stiffness, tremors, spasms and poor muscle control. Azilect can also help to reduce the amount of periods of slow movement or stiffness (“off-time”).
Rasagiline belongs to a class of medications known as MAO inhibitors and works to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease by increasing the levels of certain natural chemicals in the brain such as dopamine, norepinephrine or serotonin. It is thought that Parkinson’s disease is caused by too little dopamine in the brain. Often Azilect is used alongside another medication such as levodopa or carbidopa.
Always read the patient information and instructions carefully before using this medication.
Make sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist:
Also be aware that:
Common Azilect side effects may include but are not limited to:
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following rasagiline side effects:
Q: What should I do if I miss a dose of rasagiline?
A: If you miss a dose of rasagiline, skip your missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule.
Q: Do I need to follow a special diet while taking rasagiline?
A: You should avoid food which contain a high amount of tyramine such as aged cheeses (Stilton or blue cheese) while taking this medication.