What is Rasagiline?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Azilect Agilect

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Rasagiline is an anti-Parkinson's agent and MAO inhibitor which can enhance the activity of dopamine. It is used for initial monotherapy or as adjunct to levodopa in the treatment of idiopathic Parkinson's disease.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Parkinson's disease 1281 906
Stiffness/spasticity 45 59
Increase effect of another treatment 43 84
Tremor(s) 8 8
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 5 4

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 36
Moderate 80
Mild 134
None 685

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Rasagiline

Side effect Patients Percentage
Frequent urination 20
Headaches 19
Anxious mood 13
Nausea 12
Jerky movements 11
Dizziness 10

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Rasagiline

Dosage Patients Percentage
1 mg daily 104
0.5 mg daily 24
1 mg twice daily 3
1 tablet(s) daily 1
1 mg four times daily 1
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Rasagiline

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 113
Side effects too severe 103
Doctor's advice 101
Expense 48
Other 41
Personal research 22
Change in health plan coverage 10
Course of treatment ended 5
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Duration

Currently taking Rasagiline

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 31
5 - 10 years 59
10 years or more 38

Stopped taking Rasagiline

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 42
1 - 6 months 91
6 months - 1 year 53
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 64
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 832
Usually 55
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 41
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 40
A little hard to take 82
Not at all hard to take 801
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 92
$100-199 51
$50-99 124
$25-49 171
< $25 261
Not specified 236

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Rasagiline after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 5
Ropinirole (Requip) 5
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 4
Selegiline (Zelapar) 4
Pramipexole (Mirapex) 3

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Rasagiline and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Carbidopa-Levodopa (Sinemet) 15
Selegiline (Zelapar) 7
Ropinirole (Requip) 6
Safinamide (Xadago) 3
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 2

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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82 patient evaluations for Rasagiline

Oct 5, 2019 (Started Dec 09, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take Sinimet (Carbidopa/Levodopa) and Rytary so often, at exact times my neurologist did not think it was needed.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jun 12, 2018 (Started Nov 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: My Azilect isn't giving me as much "on" time as it was before. As a matter of fact, I can't tell if it's doing anything.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

May 19, 2018 (Started Nov 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am still taking Azilect even though I don't take Stalevo.I am on Rytary. So, I really don't know if its helping me. I am in the advanced stages of PD.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Dec 28, 2016 (Started Nov 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Aug 11, 2015 (Started Nov 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I GOT CHANGED FROM STALEVO TO RYTARY BECAUSE AFTER 10 YEARS THE STALEVO WAS WEARING OFF TOO FAST AND THE AZILECT WASN'T HELPING ANYMORE; BUT THE STALEVO TOGETHER WITH AZILECT DID A GREAT JOB FOR 10 YEARS.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Apr 21, 2015 (Started Nov 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Aug 11, 2014 (Started Nov 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Unfortunately, the Azilect did a great job, but after quite a few years it is not helping me much. I am in progression.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jun 29, 2014 (Started Nov 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Sep 15, 2012 (Started Nov 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: My Azilect isn't giving me as much "on" time as it was before. My doctor is waiting for a new drug to be released in November which he thinks will improve my condition.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jul 14, 2012 (Started Nov 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Sep 4, 2010 (Started Nov 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Dec 13, 2009 (Started Nov 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am currently taking Azilect 1mg every morning. I have now been reduced to taking Stalevo 100mg every four hours instead of every 3 1/2 hours, and I have pushed myself just a few times to taking Stalevo 100mg once in a 5 hour period. Azilect has been a great drug for me. I have slowly been able to drop the amount of Stalevo and stretch my "on" time. Stalevo and Azilect together have given me better mobility and I thank God every day for these two drugs because I can't tolerate a lot of other drugs like Mirapex and Requip.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Aug 23, 2009 (Started Nov 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Azilect with Stalevo have been the best drugs for helping to relieve most of the rigidity in my arms & legs.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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Jun 6, 2018 (Started May 08, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have been taking 1mg daily for the last eight years.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 6, 2017 (Started May 08, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: nothing new to report Cost of this drug varies, so I'm just putting 0$. Without insurance I've seen the price >$1000
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 1, 2015 (Started May 08, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am hoping for protective benefits. I tried 1/2 tab to see if tremors changed, for a few days, no effect.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Apr 18, 2013 (Started May 08, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am still taking this in hopes of neuro-protective effects.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Aug 23, 2011 (Started May 08, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I didn't think that azilect was doing anything, but i ran out for a few days. I did notice my left leg seemed to drag. It is definately doing something good.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Sep 6, 2010 (Started May 08, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I am taking Azilect for possible neuroprotective benefit.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

May 26, 2010 (Started May 08, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Also, I have had no side effects from foods, or with Cymbalta.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

May 1, 2010 (Started May 08, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I am taking Azilect with Cymbalta (SNRI), without experiencing any blood pressure problems. Both my neurologist and psychatrist are watching my outcome. The neuro said diet restrictions were lifted, so I have had wine, cheese, tofu.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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