Safinamide and Alcohol/Food Interactions
There are 3 alcohol/food/lifestyle interactions with safinamide which include:
Alcohol (Ethanol) safinamide
Moderate Drug Interaction
Using safinamide together with ethanol may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with safinamide. Do not use more than the recommended dose of safinamide, and avoid driving, operating machinery, or engaging in potentially hazardous activities requiring mental alertness and motor coordination until you know how the medication affects you. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. 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.
Major Food Interaction
While you are taking safinamide, you must not eat or drink certain foods and beverages that are high in tyramine. Eating these foods while you are taking safinamide can raise your blood pressure to dangerous levels. This may cause life threatening symptoms such as sudden and severe headache, confusion, blurred vision, problems with speech or balance, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, seizure (convulsions), and sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body). Call your doctor at once if you have any of these symptoms. Foods that are high in tyramine include: air dried meats, aged or fermented meats, sausage or salami, pickled herring, and any spoiled or improperly stored beef, poultry, fish, or liver, red wine, beer from a tap, beer that has not been pasteurize, aged cheeses, including blue, brick, brie, cheddar, parmesan, romano, and swiss, sauerkraut, over the counter supplements or cough and cold medicines that contain tyramine, soy beans, soy sauce, tofu, miso soup, bean curd, fava beans, or yeast extracts (such as Marmite). Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are uncertain about what foods, if any, to avoid. 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.
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility
safinamide - hypertension
Safinamide may cause hypertension or exacerbate existing hypertension. Patients should be monitored for new onset hypertension or hypertension that is not adequately controlled after starting treatment. Dosage adjustment may be necessary if elevation of blood pressure is sustained.
Safinamide drug interactions
There are 316 drug interactions with safinamide
Safinamide disease interactions
There are 5 disease interactions with safinamide which include:
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Drug Interaction Classification
|Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.|
|Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.|
|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.|
|No interaction information available.|
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