Azilect Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Do not stop this medicine suddenly. Ask your doctor or health care professional for advice about gradually reducing your dose.
You may get drowsy, dizzy, or have blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, work in high places, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may increase dizziness or drowsiness. Talk to your doctor before drinking alcoholic beverages while taking this medicine. It is possible to suddenly fall asleep or suddenly feel like falling asleep during usual activities of daily living (e.g., cooking, driving a car, talking on the phone, eating, working) while you are taking this medicine. This may result in having accidents, which can be severe. Your chances of falling asleep while doing normal activities and taking this medicine are greater if you take other medicines that cause drowsiness. If you find that you suddenly fall asleep or suddenly feel like falling asleep during usual daily activities, you should not drive or participate in potentially dangerous activities and you should contact your doctor right away. You should not drive, operate machinery, or work at heights during treatment with this medicine if you have ever experienced severe drowsiness and/or have fallen asleep without warning before using this medicine.
While taking this medicine, you may feel increased sexual urges, or other strong urges to gamble, spend money, or binge eat, and be unable to control these urges. If you or your family notice these or other strong urges while you are taking this medicine, you should report this to your health care provider as soon as possible.
Foods that contain very high amounts of tyramine, such as aged, fermented, cured, smoked and pickled foods, should be avoided while taking this medicine. The combination may cause a dangerous rise in blood pressure. Ask your doctor or health care professional, pharmacist, or nutritionist for a complete listing of foods and beverages that are high in tyramine. If you consume a food or beverage very rich in tyramine and do not feel well soon after eating, contact your health care provider.
Some medicines may interact with this medicine and could cause adverse effects. Talk to your doctor if you are taking or planning to take any over-the-counter drugs, especially cough remedies or decongestants, including nasal sprays or eye drops. This medicine may also interact with antidepressants and certain medicines for pain. Contact your health care provider before taking new medications including antidepressants, pain medicines, or prescription or over-the-counter medicines for congestion, cough, colds, or allergies.
If you are scheduled for any medical or dental procedure, tell your healthcare provider that you are taking this medicine. This medicine can interact with other medicines used during surgery.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Abdominal or stomach pain
arm, back, or jaw pain
black, tarry stools
chest pain or discomfort
chest tightness or heaviness
fast or irregular heartbeat
loss of appetite
painful or difficult urination
persistent, non-healing sore
pink growth on the skin
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes
reddish patch or irritated area
redness, blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
sores, ulcers, or white spots on lips or in mouth
tests that show problems with the liver
tightness in the chest
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
white, yellow or waxy scar-like area
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Acid or sour stomach
difficulty with moving
muscle pain or stiffness
pain in the joints
stomach discomfort or upset
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles" or tingling feelings
burning, dry, or itching eyes
decreased interest in sexual intercourse
difficulty with moving
feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
feeling sad or empty
general feeling of discomfort or illness
inability to have or keep an erection
lack of appetite
large, flat, blue or purplish patches in the skin
loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
loss of interest or pleasure
redness, pain, swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
sensation of spinning
swelling or redness in the joints
thinning of the hair
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.