Azilect is generically known as rasagiline mesylate. It is a monoamine oxidase-B inhibitor (MAO-B). It works by elevating the levels of chemical substances present in the brain like serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine.
This medicine is used alone or with other drugs like carbidopa or levodopa to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is thought to be caused due to low levels of dopamine in the brain. It can help in improving some symptoms like stiffness, difficulty moving and shakiness. It can also help decrease the amount of "off" time (periods of stiffness or slow movement).
How To Use
Take this medicine orally with/without meals as instructed by your doctor generally once every day. The dose is predicated on the response to treatment, medical condition and other drugs you are using. Do not discontinue using this drug without the approval of the doctor. Some symptoms may worsen when this medicine is suddenly discontinued. Your dosage needs to be eventually decreased.
Drowsiness, dry mouth, nausea, Joint pain, dizziness, heartburn, stomach pain or weight loss may occur as the most common side effects. To decrease the risk of lightheadedness and dizziness, get up slowly from a lying or sitting position. Notify your doctor if you observe any adverse side effects such as: loss of balance, mental changes, mood swings, fainting, confusion, hallucinations, depression, twitching, worsening stiffness of muscles, uncontrolled movements, unusual strong urges, easy bleeding, simple bruising, increased sexual desires, increased gambling, swollen legs or ankles. Some patients using azilect have fallen asleep instantly during their general daily work such as driving or talking on the phone. In some cases, people have slept without experiencing any drowsiness beforehand. This sleep effects may take place anytime during the therapy with azilect even if you are taking this drug from a long time. This drug may elevate the serotonin and sometimes cause a very severe condition known as serotonin toxicity/ syndrome. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop any of the subsequent symptoms: severe vomiting, twitching muscles, hallucinations, fast heartbeat, loss of coordination, unexplained fever, severe diarrhea, severe dizziness, unusual restlessness, severe nausea and unusual agitation. This medicine may rarely cause extreme hypertension which may be fatal. Notify your doctor if you notice: fast/pounding/slow/irregular heartbeat, severe headache, neck soreness/stiffness, chest pain, severe nausea, sweating, vomiting, vision disturbances and widened pupils.
Before the intake of azilect let you doctor know about your medical report, mainly of: heart attack, stroke, coronary artery disease, heart failure, chest pain, hypertension, liver disorder, severe headache, mood disorders like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, diabetes, sleep disorders or overactive thyroid. This drug may be responsible for drowsiness or dizziness. Use this medicine on your own precaution while driving or using machines. Before having surgery, inform your dentist or doctor about all the products you use.
Azilect And Pregnancy
This medicine should be taken during the gestation period only when urgently required. It is not known if this drug is excreted into the breast milk. Avoid breast-feeding.
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