Does nitisinone interact with other medications or food?

Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. It is not known if nitisinone is harmful to the fetus or passed through breast milk. Nitisinone is used in conjunction with a treatment program that includes a restricted diet. This diet and the drug may cause side effects such as jaundice, changes in vision, unusual bleeding, or eye problems.

This medication should be taken on an empty stomach, at least one hour before a meal. The capsule can be opened and sprinkled in liquid, or baby formula. Foods that contain tyrosine or phenylalanine must be avoided. The following foods contain tyrosine: dairy products, beer, wine, distilled liquor, beef, chicken, fish, liver, processed meats, meat tenderizer, dried fish, avocados, carrots, bananas, potatoes, brown rice, oatmeal, soy sauce, tomatoes, spinach' bean curd, red plums, raisins, soy beans, garbanzo beans, and almonds. The following foods contain phenylalanine: beef, pork, poultry, fish, diet soda, dairy products, eggs, soybeans, tofu, soy protein, and some nuts or seeds. The artificial sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet) is a source of phenylalanine and is present in many sugar-free or diet products.

There are other products and foods that contain these substances. There may be drugs that interact with nitisinone. Inform your doctor about any prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, or nutritional or herbal supplements you are taking.   

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