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Comtan (entacapone) and Alcohol / Food Interactions

There are 2 alcohol/food/lifestyle interactions with Comtan (entacapone) which include:

Alcohol (Ethanol) ↔ entacapone

Moderate Drug Interaction

Using entacapone together with ethanol can increase nervous system side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking and judgment. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with entacapone. Do not use more than the recommended dose of entacapone, and avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medication affects you. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medication without first talking to your doctor.

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multivitamins with minerals ↔ entacapone

Moderate Drug Interaction

Entacapone can bind to iron in the gastrointestinal tract. This may inactivate the iron and also interfere with the absorption of entacapone into the bloodstream. The effectiveness of both medications may be reduced. To avoid or minimize the interaction, the dosing times of entacapone and multivitamin with minerals (or any other iron-containing medication) should be separated by at least 2 to 3 hours. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns, or if you have trouble separating the dosing times. Your doctor may be able to prescribe alternatives that do not interact. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Comtan (entacapone) drug Interactions

There are 546 drug interactions with Comtan (entacapone)

Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a general guideline only. It is difficult to determine the relevance of a particular drug interaction to any individual given the large number of variables.

Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.

Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.

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