What is this medicine?
RASAGILINE (ra SA ji leen) is a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). It is used to treat Parkinson's disease.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in vision
hallucination, loss of contact with reality
high blood pressure
fast, irregular heartbeat
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
muscle or neck stiffness or spasm
problems with balance, talking, or walking
sudden severe headache
suicidal thoughts or other mood changes
unexplained nausea or vomiting
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
diarrhea or constipation
loss of appetite
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
medicines for depression
St. John's Wort
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
antibiotics like ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin
female hormones, like estrogens
medicines for blood pressure
medicines for cold or congestion like pseudoephedrine
medicines for anxiety or psychotic disturbances
medicines for sleep during surgery
narcotic medicines for pain
stimulant medicines for attention, focus, or weight loss
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
high or low blood pressure
history of stroke
taken an MAOI like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, or Parnate in last 14 days
taking any of the following medicines: cyclobenzaprine, dextromethorphan, meperidine, methadone, propoxyphene, St. John's Wort, or tramadol
an unusual or allergic reaction to rasagiline, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Even after you stop taking this medicine the effects can last for two weeks or more.
This medicine may increase your risk of getting skin cancer. Report any irregular moles, dark or white spots, or sores that do not heal. Have your skin checked for skin cancer regularly.
This medicine may interact with foods that have very high amounts of tyramine such as aged cheese. Ask your health care provider for a complete list of foods to be avoided. Get medical help right away if you have a severe headache, difficulty thinking, seizures, chest pain, unexplained nausea or vomiting, or other serious effects while taking this medicine.
Talk to your doctor if you are taking, or are planning to take, any prescription or over-the-counter drugs, especially antidepressants and over-the-counter cold medications. Some medicines may interact with this medicine and could cause you adverse effects.
If you are scheduled for any medical or dental procedure, tell your healthcare provider that you are taking this medicine. This medicine can interact with other medicines used during surgery.