Rasagiline Maleate is a medicine, also known by its trade name Azilect, used for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. This active principle acts by increasing levels of brain neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, which helps to decrease or control the symptoms of this disease.
Rasagiline is usually available in a dose of 1 mg in boxes containing 30 tablets and has been used as a further treatment option for Parkinson’s as a single treatment or in combination with other medicines such as Levodopa.
Where to buy
Rasagiline is already available at health facilities, through SUS, when the doctor is indicated. However, it can also be purchased in major pharmacies, with an average price of R $ 140 to 180 reais, depending on the location and the pharmacy it sells.
How it works
Rasagiline is a drug in the class of MAO-B selective inhibitors (monoamine oxidase B), and its activity in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease is probably associated with the elevation of levels of the brain neurotransmitter Dopamine, which is reduced in these cases.
Thus, the effects of Rasagiline decrease the motor changes present in patients with Parkinson’s disease, such as tremor, stiffness and slow movement. Learn to identify the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease .
How to take
The recommended dose of Rasagiline is 1 mg once daily, with or without food. Use of this medication may be indicated by your doctor as the only form of treatment, especially in early cases of Parkinson’s disease, or it may be used in combination with other medicines, such as Levodopa, to enhance the effect of treatment. Learn about the major treatment options for Parkinson’s .
Possible side effects
Some of the major side effects that can arise are headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, conjunctivitis, rhinitis, hallucinations or mental confusion.
Who should not use
This medication is contraindicated in case of allergy to Rasagiline, or its formulation components. It should also not be used by people with hepatic impairment who use other medicines of the MAOI class, such as Selegiline, potent narcotics, such as Methadone or Meperidine, Cyclobenzaprine or St John’s wort, since the combination of these medicines can cause serious reactions.