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#1 noah

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 01:47 PM

with cold and flu season upon us I am confused about what medications are safe to take with azilect. The insert that comes with the azilect has a rather stern warning and the info II got from my MD wasnt very helpful. Could you please clarify what cold meds are safe? I usually use nasal sprays to help with congestion are they ok?

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#2 Dr. Okun

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 04:12 PM

The main things to watch are Azilect (rasagline) plus any of the following medications:

meperidine (Demerol);
tramadol (Ultram);
propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet);
methadone (Methadose, Dolophine);
St. John's wort;
cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril, Amrix, Fexmid)
dextromethorphan (contained in many over-the-counter cough medicines)

The one in cold medicines is detromethorphan and the concern is a drug-drug interaction. Check with your doc and since there are many to choose from try to avoid this drug-- read labels-- there are many others to choose from...

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#3 CynthiaM

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 02:43 AM

What kind of problems can occur when taking Tramadol and Azilect? My doctor prescribed Tramadol 100mgs 3 times a day for me yesterday and I am already taking 1mg of Azilect once a day. Neither the doctor or the pharmacy thought there would be any problems. However when I went to the website for Azilect it clearly says not to mix the 2 medications together. Now I am worried about taking both. What should I do?
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#4 Dr. Okun

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:21 AM

I would suggest calling your doc as there can be an interaction between MAO-B drugs and pain medications. You should watch for high blood pressure, tremors. confusion, and a host of other possibilities.

Michael S. Okun, M.D.

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