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Minimise the risk by starting with a low dose of alpha blocker, preferably given at bedtime, and escalate the dose slowly over a couple of weeks. Patients should be warned to lie down if symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue or sweating develop, and to remain lying down until symptoms abate. 3-fold, respectively. Itraconazole would be expected to interact similarly. The manufacturers cautiously contraindicate ketoconazole and itraconazole. If the concurrent use of these azoles is essential it would seem prudent to use the minimum dose of the alpha blocker and titrate as necessary, monitoring for adverse effects, particularly first-dose hypotension.
It appears that allopurinol 300 mg daily has no effect on carbamazepine levels. A This interaction may take weeks or months to develop. Warn patients taking highdose allopurinol to monitor for indicators of carbamazepine toxicity, which include nausea, vomiting, ataxia and drowsiness. Monitor carbamazepine levels as necessary. Allopurinol + Ciclosporin (Cyclosporine) In isolated cases markedly raised ciclosporin levels have occurred in patients given allopurinol. However, two clinical studies found a trend towards lower ciclosporin levels with low-dose allopurinol.
Amiodarone serum levels are reduced by phenytoin. A 25 to 30% reduction in the phenytoin dose has been recommended for those taking 2 to 4 mg/kg daily, but it should be remembered that small alterations in phenytoin dose may result in a large change in phenytoin levels, as phenytoin kinetics are non-linear. The clinical significance of the effects on amiodarone are unclear. 3d – Page 43 of 408 Amiodarone A Amiodarone + Phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors Vardenafil slightly prolongs the QT interval (by 5 to 10 milliseconds).