Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Azilect

Descriptions


Rasagiline is used alone or with levodopa for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is a condition of the brain that becomes worse over time and may cause movement problems, rigidity, tremors, and slowed physical movement .

This medicine is only available with your doctor's prescription.

Importance of Diet

If you take this medicine and consume tyramine-rich foods, beverages, or dietary supplements or amines (from over-the-counter medicines), you could experience a hypertensive crisis or "cheese reaction". A hypertensive crisis (increase in blood pressure) is very serious and requires immediate medical attention. It is very important that you restrict dietary tyramine by avoiding the following tyramine-rich foods and beverages:

  • Aged cheese
  • Air dried, aged and fermented meats, sausages and salamis (e.g., cacciatore, hard salami and mortadella)
  • Animal livers that are spoiled or improperly stored
  • Beers and tap beers, all varieties that have not been pasteurized so as to allow for ongoing fermentation
  • Broad bean pods (e.g., fava bean pods)
  • Meat, poultry, or fish that is spoiled or stored improperly (i.e., foods with changes in coloration, odor, or mold)
  • OTC supplements containing tyramine
  • Pickled herring
  • Red wine
  • Sauerkraut
  • Soybean products including soy sauce and tofu
  • Yeast extract, concentrated (e.g., Marmite)

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Tablet