Azilect

(rasagiline)

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Treats Parkinson's disease.

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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.

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Quick facts about Azilect
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (rasagiline)

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.
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Downsides

  • It can cause unusual cravings and changes in behavior in some people.
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How it works

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.

Quick facts about Azilect
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (rasagiline)

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What to expect when you take Azilect (rasagiline) for Parkinson's disease

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  • Possible side effects
  • Falling asleep during the day
  • Low blood pressure
  • Movement problems
  • Lack of impulse control
  • Nausea and indigestion
  • Headache
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Side effect rates for Azilect (rasagiline)

From 300 clinical trials of Azilect when taken for parkinson's disease (1mg)
  • Difficulty controlling movement
    18%18%
    10%10%
  • Headache
    14%14%
    12%12%
  • Accidental injury
    12%12%
    5%5%
  • Nausea
    12%12%
    8%8%
  • Headache
    11%11%
    10%10%
  • Falls
    11%11%
    8%8%
  • Weight loss
    9%9%
    3%3%
  • Constipation
    9%9%
    5%5%
  • Low blood pressure
    9%9%
    3%3%
  • Joint pain
    8%8%
    4%4%
  • Indigestion
    7%7%
    4%4%
  • Dizziness
    7%7%
    6%6%
  • Swelling in arms and legs
    7%7%
    4%4%
  • Vomiting
    7%7%
    1%1%
  • Headache
    6%6%
    4%4%
  • Nausea
    6%6%
    4%4%
  • Falls
    6%6%
    1%1%
  • Dry mouth
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Rash
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Sleepiness
    6%6%
    4%4%
  • Depression
    5%5%
    2%2%
  • Falls
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    5%5%
    1%1%
  • Joint pain
    5%5%
    2%2%
  • Abdominal pain
    5%5%
    1%1%
  • Loss of appetite
    5%5%
    1%1%
  • Diarrhea
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Bruising
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Indigestion
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Back pain
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Cough
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Trouble sleeping
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Cold or flu
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Unusual dreams
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Hallucinations
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Eyelid problems
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Fever
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Stomach infection
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Stuffy nose
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Low blood pressure
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Movement coordination problems
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Shortness of breath
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Infections
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Neck pain
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Sweating
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Tendon swelling
    3%3%
  • Uncontrollable muscle movements
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Arthritis
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Bruising
    2%2%
  • Weakness
    2%2%
  • Neck pain
    2%2%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Dizziness
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Gum swelling
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Excessive bleeding
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Hernia
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Muscle weakness
    2%2%
    1%1%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Azilect.

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People taking Azilect felt side effect more

People taking Azilect felt side effect less

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Risks and Warnings for Azilect (rasagiline)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Eating foods rich in tyramine, like soy sauce, fermented cheese and smoked meats

    Taking Azilect (rasagiline) with certain medicines can lead to serotonin syndrome, which is a serious condition. Check with your doctor before taking Azilect (rasagiline), especially if you are on medicines to improve your mood.

Common concerns from people taking Azilect (rasagiline)

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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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Azilect
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