IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Do not take AZILECT® (rasagiline tablets) if you are taking meperidine as it could result in a serious reaction such as coma or death. Also, do not take AZILECT with tramadol, methadone, propoxyphene, dextromethorphan, St. John’s wort, or cyclobenzaprine. You also should not take AZILECT with other monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), as it could result in an unsafe rise in blood pressure. Read More Important Safety Information

For Caregivers

As a caregiver to someone with Parkinson's disease, you'll probably be involved in many aspects of the management of their condition.

Whether you're a spouse, partner, child, or friend of someone living with Parkinson's disease, you'll find you have many responsibilities that come with the caregiver role. Some of the most important jobs you'll have to do will include:

Attend doctor's appointments with your loved one for support and to hear the doctor's treatment plan.

Identify changes in your loved one's symptoms or side effects.
Communicate these changes to the physician so he or she can adjust treatments if necessary.

Help establish a daily routine that includes your loved one's treatment regimen, exercise, physical therapy, and other aspects of care.

Assist with daily tasks and activities, such as dressing and grooming, if your loved one needs help.

The role of a caregiver isn't an easy one—it can be frustrating, lonely, and even a bit overwhelming at times. So it's important to know that you're not alone, and to seek out support when you need it.

Parkinson’s disease caregiver brochure in English

Parkinson’s disease caregiver brochure in Spanish

For starters, download and read the Caregiver Brochure, a helpful guide to many of the important aspects of Parkinson's disease and caregiving. Available in English and Spanish.

In order to view, download, and print this brochure, you will need Adobe® Reader®. For a FREE download of Adobe® Reader®, click here.

For more information and resources on being a family caregiver, visit the Caregiver Action Network.


INDICATION
AZILECT® (rasagiline tablets) is indicated for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD).

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
  • Do not take AZILECT if you are taking meperidine as it could result in a serious reaction such as coma or death. Also, do not take AZILECT with tramadol, methadone, propoxyphene, dextromethorphan, St. John’s wort, or cyclobenzaprine. You also should not take AZILECT with other monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), as it could result in an unsafe rise in blood pressure
  • Increases in blood pressure may occur during treatment with AZILECT. Inform your physician if you have a history of high blood pressure. Possible symptoms of an unsafe rise in blood pressure include severe headache, blurred vision, difficulty thinking, seizure, chest pain, and nausea/vomiting. It is important that if you experience these symptoms that you speak with your doctor or seek medical attention. When AZILECT is taken at recommended doses, restriction of foods and beverages containing a substance called tyramine is ordinarily not required. However, it is recommended that you avoid foods containing high amounts of tyramine such as aged cheeses as some patients may have an increased sensitivity that could lead to an unsafe rise in blood pressure as described above
  • Inform your physician if you are taking, or planning to take, any prescription or over-the-counter drugs, especially antidepressants and ciprofloxacin. The combination of MAO-B inhibitors such as AZILECT and antidepressants has resulted in a serious and sometimes fatal condition called serotonin syndrome
  • If you experience episodes of falling asleep or drowsiness during activities of daily living, do not drive and exercise caution until you contact your physician
  • If you have moderate to severe liver disease, you should not take AZILECT. You should not exceed a dose of 0.5 mg per day of AZILECT if you have mild liver disease or are taking ciprofloxacin. Patients should not exceed a dose of 1 mg per day of AZILECT because of the risk of increased blood pressure
  • All PD patients should be monitored for a change in blood pressure, uncontrolled movements (dyskinesia), hallucinations, impulse control, confusion, and melanoma (skin cancer). A possible rise in body temperature may occur upon stopping AZILECT
  • The most common side effects seen with AZILECT alone are flu syndrome, joint pain, depression, and indigestion; when taken with a dopamine agonist are swelling of the legs, fall, joint pain, cough, and inability to sleep; 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, fall, and swelling of tendons
  • You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
  • Please see full Prescribing Information.