The side effect profile of Azilect as add-on to DA therapy was evaluated for changes in nature and frequency of dopaminergic adverse events.
ABOUT AZILECT ® ( UNITED STATES)
AZILECT ® (rasagiline tablets) is indicated for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD) both as initial therapy alone and to be added to levodopa later in the disease.
Patients should not take AZILECT ® if they are taking meperidine, tramadol, methadone, propoxyphene, dextromethorphan, St. John’s wort, cyclobenzaprine, or other monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), as it could result in a serious reaction. Patients should inform their physician if they are taking, or planning to take, any prescription or over-the-counter drugs, especially antidepressants and ciprofloxacin. Patients with moderate to severe liver disease should not take AZILECT ®. Patients should not exceed a dose of 1 mg per day of AZILECT ® in order to prevent a possibly dangerous increase in blood pressure.Side effects seen with AZILECT ® alone are flu syndrome, joint pain, depression, and indigestion; and when taken with levodopa are uncontrolled movements (dyskinesia), accidental injury, weight loss, low blood pressure when standing, vomiting, anorexia, joint pain, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, dry mouth, rash, abnormal dreams, and fall. See additional important information at http://www.azilect.com/Resources/PDFs/PrescribingInformation-pdf.aspx. For hardcopy releases, please see enclosed full prescribing information. AZILECT ® is currently available in more than 40 countries worldwide, including the U.S., Canada, Israel, Mexico, and all EU countries. Teva has a long-term agreement for the joint development and marketing of AZILECT ® in Europe and some additional markets with H. Lundbeck A/S. In North America, AZILECT ® is marketed by Teva's wholly-owned subsidiary, Teva Neuroscience, Inc. ( www.tevaneuro.com). ABOUT AZILECT ® (EUROPE) AZILECT ® is indicated for the treatment of idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (PD) as monotherapy (without levodopa) or as adjunct therapy (with levodopa) in patients with end of dose fluctuations. Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients. Concomitant treatment with other monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors (including medicinal and natural products without prescription e.g. St. John's Wort) or pethidine. At least 14 days must elapse between discontinuation of rasagiline and initiation of treatment with MAO inhibitors or pethidine. Rasagiline is contraindicated in patients with severe hepatic impairment.