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Re: hello again........parnate? harry b.

Posted by shellie on October 9, 2000, at 18:54:39

In reply to hello again........parnate?, posted by harry b. on October 9, 2000, at 12:28:03


Hi HarryB...
> should i have kidney & liver function tests done prior to using parnate? i had hepatitus 30 yrs ago and have had chronic kidney infections since i was a child.

I think you better ask your doctor about that one.

> has anyone had a problem with local (dental) anesthetics while taking parnate?

Not me. But in other procedures I needed more anesthetic because nardil reduces the effectiveness of anesthetics (I've been told a few times).

> coffee. i drink 3 or 4 20oz coffees a day. will i have to quit all caffein? i know i have to quit the ritalin, but the caffein & ritalin combination has been the thing that's enabled me to keep my butt out of bed all day.

There are many pdocs now prescribing stimulents with maois. I guess they feel the risk is very low. I was put on ritalin with nardil and had no problems with the combination (only I didn't like how the ritalin felt.) Your doctor has to be only a bit out of mainstream to do it. You might want to do a search on combining ritalin or adderall with Parnate or MAOIs. I think there might be something on it on Depression Central (Dr. Irving Goldberg) On the nardil I had no problem drinking coffee although I limit myself because it affects my sleep at night.

> mj. any interaction? the cautions on parnate say any cns depressant effect will be magnified. my pulse & bp seem to usually increase with mj. is that a problem?

Nothing happened to me, but at the beginning maybe you should forgo mj, so you are clearer about what's happening with the parnate.

> what do you do if you realize that you have just inadvertantly ingested a restricted food or beverage? force yourself to upchuck? wait & see if anything happens? go to the er?
I never ever got any reactions with food. But if you eat something and then start to get a bad headache in the back of your head or your pulse gets really slow, I would go to the er to check it out. The only time I got a reaction was from mixing nardil with adrafinil. I knew something was happening and went to a pharmacy to check my bp and it had gone (from my regular 100-110) to 160. Then it stopped going up and went back to normal in 20 minutes. I then bought a blood pressure cuff to keep at home and take in the car when I wasn't sure if a combination of meds could cause a risk.

Especially if you are going to try mj and might not follow the diet exactly, I would buy a blood pressure taker. There are little boxes under $100 that you just put your hand on and they give you a digital reading. The regular kind (that you wrap around your arm and has a digital reading) is under $50.

Good luck: I've heard parnate kicks in faster than nardil, which took quite a while. Shellie




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