Azilect (Rasagiline Mesylate)
What is Azilect (Rasagiline Mesylate) used for?
Azilect (Rasagiline Mesylate) is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. This medication belongs to a class of drugs known as monoamine oxidase-B (MAO-B) inhibitors, which work by helping to increase the levels of certain chemicals in the brain. This drug may also be prescribed to patients together with another drug known as levodopa.
How should I use Azilect (Rasagiline Mesylate)?
Azilect (Rasagiline Mesylate) tablets should be taken orally. Patients should consult their physician before taking this medication, so that the correct dosage can be prescribed. This drug is commonly taken once daily. It is important not to miss any doses while undergoing treatment with this medication. As this medication is used as part of a treatment program which also includes a diet plan, patients are advised to follow the instructions of their physician at all times. While taking this medication, and for 2 weeks after taking it, patients may not be able to eat certain types of cheese. Do not abruptly discontinue taking this medication once you have started taking it, as this may cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Consult your physician for advice on how to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
What are the side effects of Azilect (Rasagiline Mesylate)?
Some side effects which have been reported by patients taking Azilect (Rasagiline Mesylate) include:
Other side effects include strange dreams, flu symptoms, and joint pain. Consult your physician immediately if any of these side effects persist or worsen, or if you notice high blood pressure, changes in hearing, buzzing in the ears, sudden weakness in the body, tremors, hallucinations, fever, fast heartbeats or seizures.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Azilect (Rasagiline Mesylate). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, especially heart disease, liver disease, bleeding problems or diabetes, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
While taking this medication, patients should avoid eating any cheese that their physician has instructed them not to eat.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.