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Rasagiline is used in the treatment of parkinson's disease (a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement and balance)

How it works

Rasagiline works by increasing the amount of dopamine,a chemical messenger that is needed to control movement in the brain.

Common side effects

Neck pain, Allergy, Bone pain, Stiffness, Myocardial ischemia, Chest pain, Depression, Eye redness, Eye irritation, Fever, Headache, Influenza, Joint inflammation, Decreased white blood cell count, Feeling of discomfort, Nasal infection, Sensation of pressure, Skin cancer, Itching, Skin redness, Urinary tract infection, Vertigo, Auditory hallucination, Visual hallucination

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Expert advice

  • You will be regularly monitored for the development of impulse control disorders (psychiatric disorder with failure to resist a temptation, urge to harm oneself or others).
  • Be aware of the behavioral symptoms of impulse control disorders like compulsions, obsessive thoughts, repetitive behavior shown as inability to resist impulses to gamble (pathological gambling), increased sexual desire (libido), hypersexuality, impulsive behavior and compulsive spending or buying.
  • Use of rasagiline is associated with a higher risk of skin cancer. Seek advice for necessary precaution.
  • Do not take rasagiline along with drugs like fluoxetine or fluvoxamine, dextromethorphan or sympathomimetics such as ephedrine or pseudoephedrine.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is rasagiline generic?
Yes, rasagiline is a generic drug and also is available with different brands

Q. What is rasagiline used for/ what is rasagiline mesylate?
Rasagiline/rasagiline mesylate is used along with or without levodopa to treat Parkinson's disease (nervous system disorder characterized by slow movements)

Q. Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine)/ Xanax (alprazolam) with Azilect (rasagiline)?
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Xanax (alprazolam) are reported to cause side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use

Q. Can I take Tylenol (paracetamol)/Advil (ibuprofen)/ Aleve (naproxen) with Azilect (rasagiline)?
Taking other drugs like Tylenol (paracetamol)/ Advil (ibuprofen)/Aleve (naproxen) along with Azilect (rasagiline) does not cause any harmful effects. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.

Content on this page was last updated on 26 December, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)