Compare Azilect vs. carbidopa

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Azilect
(rasagiline)

carbidopa

Treats Parkinson's disease. Azilect (rasagiline) is one of the recommended medicines to treat Parkinson's disease. It is now available in generic, which makes it more affordable for people without insurance.Treats Parkinson's disease when given with levodopa. Lodosyn (carbidopa) enhances the effect of levodopa. It cannot relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease when taken by itself.
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Side effects
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  • Arthritis 1%
  • Bruising 2%
  • Weakness 2%
  • Neck pain 2%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation 1%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Gum swelling 1%
  • Excessive bleeding 1%
  • Hernia 1%
  • Muscle weakness 1%
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How it works
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Azilect (rasagiline) is a monoamine oxidase inhibitor. It increases the amount of dopamine in the brain, which helps those with Parkinson's disease gain better control their movements.Lodosyn (carbidopa) is a decarboxylase inhibitor that allows levodopa to enter the brain and relieve symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Type of medication
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Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availablePrescription onlyLower-cost generic available
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Eating foods rich in tyramine, like soy sauce, fermented cheese and smoked meats
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Fentanyl
  • Tramadol
  • Buspirone
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Upsides and benefits
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    • Azilect (rasagiline) is one of the go-to medicines for Parkinson's disease. It can be used in early and late stages of the disease.
    • Taking Azilect (rasagiline) by itself can help slow down Parkinson's disease, but it works better when it's given with other medicines.
    • Azilect (rasagiline) is available as generic as well as brand name, so there are usually lower out-of-pocket costs for you with insurance.
    • Extra doses of Lodosyn (carbidopa) allows you to get more out of levodopa, especially in later stages of the disease.
    • It is available in a combination pill with levodopa once you find the right dose that works for you.
    Downsides and risks
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    • It can cause unusual cravings and changes in behavior in some people.
    • Your doctor may need to change the dose of Lodosyn (carbidopa) frequently before finding the right dose.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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    • Azilect (rasagiline) can make you very sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
    • Watch how much cheese, soy sauce or smoked meats you eat. Eating too much of these foods while on Azilect (rasagiline) can cause an unsafe rise in blood pressure.
    • Azilect (rasagiline) can make you dizzy or lightheaded, especially when you suddenly stand up from sitting or laying down.
    • Don't stop taking Azilect (rasagiline) without talking to your doctor first. Stopping it suddenly can cause confusion, stiff muscles and a high fever.
    • Azilect (rasagiline) can prevent many medicines from working properly. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if the way you take your other medicines needs to be changed.
    • Lodosyn (carbidopa) can make you very sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
    • Your saliva, sweat and urine may have dark color and stain your clothing while taking Lodosyn (carbidopa).
    • Take Lodosyn (carbidopa) 30-60 minutes before a meal so that your body can properly absorb it. Don't eat too much high protein foods (meat, milk, cheese or nuts) because doing so can prevent it from getting absorbed into your body.
    • Lodosyn (carbidopa) doesn't work when taken by itself. Don't stop taking your other medicines for Parkinson's disease.
    • Lodosyn (carbidopa) may cause unusual cravings in some people.
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