Rasalect 1 mg
Rasalect 0.5 mg
Rasalect is a monoamine oxidase-B (MAO-B) inhibitor. It works by increasing the levels of certain chemicals in the brain. Rasalect is used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Rasalect is sometimes used with another drug called levodopa.
Do not take Rasalect if you have liver disease or an adrenal gland tumor (also called pheochromocytoma). Do not take Rasalect within 14 days before having surgery.
There are many other medicines that should not be taken together with Rasalect or serious medical problems could result. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use, including vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list with you of all the medicines you use and show this list to any doctor or other healthcare provider who treats you.
While you are taking Rasalect and for 2 weeks after you stop taking it, you must not eat or drink certain foods and beverages that are high in tyramine. Eating these foods while you are taking rasagiline can raise your blood pressure to dangerous levels. This may cause life-threatening symptoms such as sudden and severe headache, confusion, blurred vision, problems with speech or balance, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, seizure (convulsions), and sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body). Call your doctor at once if you have any of these symptoms.
Rasalect can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
Do not take Rasalect if you have liver disease or an adrenal gland tumor (also called pheochromocytoma). Do not take Rasalect within 14 days before having surgery. Do not take Rasalect if you have taken any of the following drugs within the past 14 days: meperidine, tramadol, propoxyphene, methadone, over-the-counter cough, cold, or allergy medicines containing dextromethorphan, pseudoephedrine, or phenylephrine, St. John's wort, mirtazapine, cyclobenzaprine, amphetamines (such as ADHD medication), stimulants, diet pills; or other MAO inhibitors such as isocarboxazid, tranylcypromine or selegiline.
Some people taking Rasalect have developed skin cancer (melanoma). However, people with Parkinson's disease may have a higher risk than most people for developing melanoma. Talk to your doctor about your specific risk and what skin symptoms to watch for.
Take Rasalect exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take Rasalect in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Rasalect is usually taken once daily. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication. Take Rasalect with a full glass of water. Rasalect is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes a diet plan created for you by your doctor or nutrition counselor.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose. Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of Rasalect. Symptoms of a Rasalect overdose may include drowsiness, severe headache, feeling agitated or irritable, vision problems, fast and uneven heartbeats, sweating, cold or clammy skin, shallow breathing, fainting, or seizure (convulsions).
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using rasagiline and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: increased blood pressure (sudden and severe headache, confusion, blurred vision, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, seizure); sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), problems with speech or balance; unusual thoughts or behavior, confusion, extreme agitation; fever, sweating, muscle stiffness; feeling light-headed, fainting; blistering skin rash; twitching muscle movements; or hallucinations (seeing things that are not there).
Continue using Rasagiline and talk with your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects: joint pain; mild headache, dizziness, or depressed mood; hair loss; numbness or tingly feeling; dry mouth, loss of appetite; constipation, diarrhea, upset stomach, vomiting, weight loss; decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm; or flu symptoms.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
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