RASALECT 0.5MG contains rasagiline which belongs to a group of medicines called monoamine oxidase (MAO) type B inhibitors. It is used to treat Parkinson’s disease. It can be used alone or in combination with other medicine that is used to treat Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson's disease is a slowly progressing disease of the nervous system resulting in fixed face without expression, tremor, slowing of movements, walking with shuffling steps, stooped posture and muscle weakness. Parkinson’s disease is caused due to loss of the cells in brain that produce dopamine.
Dopamine is chemical in the brain which controls movement. This medicine helps to increase and sustain the level of dopamine in the brain. Behavioural changes such as compulsions, obsessive thoughts, addictive gambling, excessive spending, impulsive behaviour and an abnormally high sex drive or an increase in sexual thoughts or feelings have been observed in some patients taking this medication. If you observed any of those disorders, inform your doctor for advice. Always take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not split, chew, or crush this medicine. Swallow the medicine whole. RASALECT 0.5MG are not recommended for use under the age of 18. The most common side effects are headache, abnormal movements (dyskinesia), decreased appetite, dry mouth, fever, allergy, nausea, vomiting and stomach pain.