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 1293 931
Stiffness/spasticity 45 59
Increase effect of another treatment 44 87
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 37
Moderate 81
Mild 136
None 706

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

Show all 133 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Rasagiline

Dosage Patients Percentage
1 mg daily 78
0.5 mg daily 15
1.5 mg daily 2
1 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Rasagiline

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 115
Side effects too severe 104
Doctor's advice 102
Expense 48
Other 41
Personal research 22
Change in health plan coverage 10
Course of treatment ended 6
See all 317 patients who've stopped taking Rasagiline

Duration

Currently taking Rasagiline

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 46
10 years or more 24

Stopped taking Rasagiline

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 42
1 - 6 months 91
6 months - 1 year 54
1 - 2 years 40
2 - 5 years 66
5 - 10 years 32
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 853
Usually 56
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 44
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 826
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 94
$100-199 52
$50-99 129
$25-49 172
< $25 270
Not specified 243

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) 16
Selegiline (Zelapar) 7
Ropinirole (Requip) 6
Safinamide (Xadago) 3
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 2

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching to

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82 patient evaluations for Rasagiline

Feb 7, 2020 (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: Azilect is still effective. No changes. For insurance, I have private insurance through MNSure. MNSure is a broker and adheres or is part of the Affordable Care Act. My premiums are about 30-40% reduced through a tax scheme. No deductable, no copays due to cost sharing status. Status acquired because of tribal affiliation.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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

  • 3 helpful marks

Jan 24, 2020 (Started Aug 06, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily

Mar 23, 2017 (Started Aug 06, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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