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  1. Rasagiline and other drugs

    My dh takes both. The way I understand it is that Azilect helps keep dopamine from breaking down whereas levodopa helps the brain create dopamine. (Not sure what carbidopa's role is without googling, other than it supports/complements the levodopa somehow.) Also, as a couple people noted above, there are some reasons to believe that Azilect might slow progression of the disease. DH's ND (who spends 75% of her time on PD research and 25% seeing PD patients) is a strong proponent of it.
  2. Rasagiline and other drugs

    When my dh started Azilect it kicked in very gradually. Initially there was no major change but over time he'd realize he was moving in a way he hadn't been able to for a long time. It took months to really kick in, but he has been very happy on it. He eventually needed to add cd/ld but he still takes rasagiline. His insurance won't cover it. Before I could get him on mine, there was a coupon from the manufacturer that made it affordable, but it expired a few months before the generic came out and we had to pay out of pocket. And the generic isn't a whole lot cheaper than the name brand. Thankfully he is now covered by my insurance.