Emsam (selegiline) and Alcohol / Food Interactions
There are 2 alcohol/food/lifestyle interactions with Emsam (selegiline) which include:
selegiline ↔ food
Major Food Interaction
While you are taking selegiline, you must not eat or drink certain foods and beverages that are high in tyramine. Eating these foods while you are taking selegiline 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).
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility
selegiline - hypertension
Selegiline can cause hypertensive reactions and it should be used with caution in patients with hypertension. Patients should report any symptoms such as occipital headache, palpitations, neck stiffness or soreness, nausea, sweating, dilated pupils and photophobia. Patients receiving therapy need to have monitored their blood pressure frequently to detect any evidence of pressor response. Additionally, patients should be advised to avoid foods and drinks with high tyramine content such as cheese, sour cream, beer, liver, bananas and others, as these might trigger a hypertensive crisis.
Emsam (selegiline) drug Interactions
There are 734 drug interactions with Emsam (selegiline)
Emsam (selegiline) disease Interactions
There are 7 disease interactions with Emsam (selegiline) which include:
- Major Psychotic Disorders
- Severe Renal Dysfunction
- Liver Disease
- Sleep Disorders
Drug Interaction Classification
Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.