Azilect is a medication to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, which include tremors, sluggish movements, and stiffness thought to be caused by a decrease in dopamine levels in the brain.
Azilect Parkinson’s disease treatment can be done as single-drug therapy to slow down the development of symptoms. This is sometimes used with another medicine, levodopa, to treat Parkinson’s disease in its later stages.
What is Azilect Used For?
- This is used to treat Parkinson’s disease symptoms (stiffness, tremors, spasms, poor muscle control).
- In the more advanced stage of Parkinson’s disease, this is occasionally used with another drug, levodopa, to improve performance with motor skills.
Azilect Drug Class
- This medication belongs to a pharmacological class known as Monoamine oxidase-B inhibitors (MAOIs). It functions by slowing down the breakdown of dopamine, a chemical that sends information to parts of the brain that direct movement and coordination.
Dose for Parkinson’s Disease in Adults:
- 1 mg orally once a day is the recommended dosage.
An adjunct therapy is a type of treatment used in addition to the main
- Initial dose: 0.5 mg orally once a day (in individuals on levodopa).
- 1 mg orally once a day (in those not taking levodopa concurrently).
- 0.5 mg to 1 mg orally once a day as a maintenance dosage
- 1 mg orally once a day is the maximum dosage.
- If you use this medication yourself, your dose may change from when you take it with other Parkinson’s treatments. Pay close attention to your doctor’s recommendations.
- To prevent some side effects of rasagiline, familiarize yourself with a list of foods to avoid.
- If your Parkinson’s symptoms do not improve or worsen while taking this medication, contact your doctor.
Azilect Side Effects:
If you have any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately.
- Intense headache, blurred vision, hammering in the neck or ears
- Severe sleepiness, falling asleep unexpectedly, even when awake;
- Mood changes that are out of the ordinary;
- A sense of dizziness; or
- Parkinson’s disease symptoms are getting worse
- If you’ve recently taken an MAO inhibitor like isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, selegiline, or tranylcypromine, don’t take this medication.
- If you have liver problems, consult your doctor before using this medication.
Frequently Asked Questions:
-What are Azilect foods to avoid?
Foods rich in tyramine, such as aged cheeses, fava beans, soy sauce, herring, processed meats, and seafood, aged, dried, smoked, or fermented meats, should be avoided. Consumption of tyramine while taking this medication may raise blood pressure to dangerously high levels, resulting in life-threatening adverse effects.
-What are Azilect Drug Interactions?
Some drugs that can interact and should not be used together with this Azilect include:
- Tramadol (Ultram, Ultracet)
Other products that also have interaction with this drug include diet pills, drugs for attention deficit disorder, apraclonidine, bupropion, buspirone, carbamazepine, cyclobenzaprine, dextromethorphan,
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