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Re: MAOI diet short list

Posted by mdmicky on March 2, 2002, at 14:55:10

In reply to Re: MAOI diet short list, posted by Lisa01 on January 14, 2002, at 20:46:11

i'm a psychiatrist.

i've been on parnate for just over 6 yrs. i take 60 mg/d. i've never had a relapse and i think it's a great medication.

for the first three years i didn't cheat at all on the STRICT diet. then i started cheating bit by bit until eventually i stopped observing a diet at all. i must admit that i drink draft beer (all sorts including local microbrews and in fairly large quantities), red wine, and all sorts of cheeses. i don't like kraut or liver so i haven't had those. because i work very long days and rarely have time for lunch or dinner, i also eat several LUNA bars or Harvest bars every day. i never thought to look for soy...

i also have to say, of course, that being a doctor i'm definitely not as careful as i should be and i don't check my blood pressure very often. also, my pressure normally runs 90s/50s so i have some room for increase without consequence.

i wouldn't advise my "restriction-free" diet to any of my patients (and i do prescribe parnate occasionally) or to any of you. i only learned of this site because one of my partners sent me the link as he, too, finds my diet a bit reckless and foolish. in any case, i thought i'd at least pass along my experiences.

and elizabeth, thanks for the list that started this thread, i may use it for my patients as i've had difficulty makeing a list that was balanced.




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