Compare Azilect vs. Rytary

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Azilect (rasagiline)

Prescription only
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.

Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) can be used to treat Parkinson's disease, but it can be expensive.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) comes in 4 different strengths.
  • If you have private prescription insurance, there are programs to make Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) more affordable.
Downsides
  • It can cause unusual cravings and changes in behavior in some people.
  • There are other forms of Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) that are generic and much cheaper.
  • Your doctor might have to change the dose of Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) often before they find a dose that works for you.
  • Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) can cause uncontrollable movements to happen, but this doesn't happen for 3 to 5 years.
  • Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) is not a cure for Parkinson's disease; it can only slow the disease down.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release capsule
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Side effects
46possible side effects
  • Difficulty controlling movement
    18%
  • Headache
    14%
  • Accidental injury
    12%
  • Nausea
    12%
  • Falls
    11%
  • Weight loss
    9%
  • Constipation
    9%
  • Low blood pressure
    9%
  • Joint pain
    8%
  • Indigestion
    7%
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Swelling in arms and legs
    7%
  • Vomiting
    7%
  • Dry mouth
    6%
  • Rash
    6%
  • Sleepiness
    6%
  • Depression
    5%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    5%
  • Abdominal pain
    5%
  • Loss of appetite
    5%
  • Diarrhea
    5%
  • Bruising
    5%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation
    5%
  • Back pain
    4%
  • Cough
    4%
  • Trouble sleeping
    4%
  • Cold or flu
    4%
  • Unusual dreams
    4%
  • Hallucinations
    4%
  • Eyelid problems
    3%
  • Fever
    3%
  • Stomach infection
    3%
  • Stuffy nose
    3%
  • Movement coordination problems
    3%
  • Shortness of breath
    3%
  • Infections
    3%
  • Neck pain
    3%
  • Sweating
    3%
  • Tendon swelling
    3%
  • Uncontrollable muscle movements
    3%
  • Arthritis
    2%
  • Weakness
    2%
  • Gum swelling
    2%
  • Excessive bleeding
    2%
  • Hernia
    2%
  • Muscle weakness
    2%
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11possible side effects
  • Nausea
    20%
  • Headache
    17%
  • Dizziness
    12%
  • Dry mouth
    7%
  • Trouble sleeping
    6%
  • Abnormal dreams
    5%
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    5%
  • Anxiety
    5%
  • Vomiting
    5%
  • Changes in blood pressure
    5%
  • Constipation
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Increased blood pressure
    • Eating foods rich in tyramine, like soy sauce, fermented cheese and smoked meats
  • Serotonin syndrome
    • Tricyclic antidepressants
    • Fentanyl
    • Tramadol
    • Buspirone
    • ADHD medicines
    • Triptans
    • dextromethorphan
    • pseudoephedrine
  • Falling asleep during the day
    • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease
  • Low blood pressure
  • Movement problems
    • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease
  • Lack of impulse control
    • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease
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  • Falling asleep during the day
    • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease
  • High fever and confusion
    • Stopping Rytary (carbidopa / levodopa) suddenly
  • Changes in behavior
  • Lack of impulse control
    • Taking other medicines for Parkinson's disease
  • Heart attack
    • History of heart attack
    • High risk for heart attack
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