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What is Rasagiline used for?

Rasagiline is an oral medication used for treating Parkinson's disease. This drug is used alone or in combination with other medications such as levodopa to treat signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease, which include tremor (shakiness) and muscle stiffness. It belongs to a class of drugs called monoamine oxidase inhibitors. Rasagiline works by increasing the levels of certain chemicals in the brain. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Rasagiline?

The dosage of Rasagiline prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Take Rasagiline by mouth, with or without food.

What if you miss a dose of Rasagiline?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Rasagiline medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Rasagiline?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Rasagiline, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Rasagiline?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Rasagiline.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Rasagiline, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Rasagiline can interact with antidepressants.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Rasagiline?

Like other medicines, Rasagiline can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Rasagiline are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Rasagiline cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Rasagiline develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Rasagiline can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, joint pain, heartburn, dry mouth, and stomach pain. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Rasagiline.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Rasagiline?

Is it possible for me to take Rasagiline with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Rasagiline?
What are the possible drug interactions of Rasagiline?
How will Rasagiline work in my body?
How should Rasagiline be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Rasagiline drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Rasagiline is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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