furazolidone (oral), Furoxone (cont.)

DRUG INTERACTIONS: This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious interactions may occur: apraclonidine, brimonidine, bethanidine, bupropion, buspirone, carbamazepine, dextromethorphan, entacapone, herbal products (e.g., ma huang), indoramin, meperidine, papaverine, sibutramine, SSRI antidepressants (e.g., fluoxetine, citalopram), sympathomimetics (e.g., methylphenidate, ephedrine), tolcapone, tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline, doxepin), "triptans" (e.g., sumatriptan, zolmitriptan). If you are currently using any of these medications, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting furazolidone. Before using this medication, tell your doctor of all medications you use, (both prescription and nonprescription), especially of: levodopa, insulin and oral diabetes drugs, other MAO inhibitors (e.g., linezolid, moclobemide, phenelzine, tranylcypromine), sedatives, sleeping pills, drugs used for blood pressure. Consult your doctor about the need to watch your intake of foods containing tyramine. It is possible consuming tyramine-containing foods while using this medication could cause headache and/or increased blood pressure and could lead to a medical emergency. Tyramine food precautions should be observed for at least 2 weeks after you stop using this medication. Some tyramine-containing foods include meat or fish (pickled herring/liver/dry sausage/salami/meats prepared with tenderizer), dairy (yogurt/sour cream/aged cheeses - cream or cottage cheese are okay), beverages (beer/red wine/sherry - avoid excessive amounts of caffeine-containing colas/coffee/tea), fruits and vegetables (avocado/bananas/figs/raisins/broad beans/sauerkraut), other (yeast extract/soy sauce/large amounts of chocolate). Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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