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Re: MAO followup - Another Question

Posted by Bobbiedobbs on September 18, 2002, at 22:50:40

In reply to Re: MAO followup - Another Question, posted by jsarirose on September 18, 2002, at 14:00:48

> it says that smoked fish is okay. Does anyone know if that means smoked salmon, trout, chubb, etc. are okay? I mean, I guess so. I'm also guessing lox is still out as it's smoked/cured a slightly different way. Maybe the difference is if it's fresh smoked vs. smoked & cured.

Regarding 3 issues raised within the past day:
1) smoked fish - My only experience is salmon jerky (in Michigan), without any ill effect.
2) Regarding alcohol, I've consumed enough white wine to actually have passed out on several occasions 5-10 years ago without any seeming effect; I was taking 30-60 mg of Nardil at the time. This is not by way of boasting. I find that these days I am much more alcohol-sensitive (it affects me more), whether that is because of the Parnate or aging I'm not sure.
3) Re MAO dose. I generally find some freedom from social inhibition/anxiety at the mid-range MAO levels. I was often euphoric at 60 mg of Nardil. That period was probaby the best time of my life professionally, socially and romantically. But I eventually grew overly sensitive to the side effects and switched to Parnate. I don't real feel "great" at any level (my doctor will only let me go up to 40 mg) but I do get some relief from anxiety and depression. My drug-prescriber (who is not my therapist) basically is disdainful of MAOs - particularly Nardil - and won't prescribe more than 50 mg. Parnate. Jessica, sounds like you prospered at the higher level but the $ and other stuff got in the way. It's such a luxury not to have to avoid people all of the time and feel so stymied in "social" (i.e. people situation). When I was taking Nardil I actually was engaging and looked forward to some social situations. Phil.

Has anyone been eating smoked fish while on Parnate or Nardil? What kind?
> Thanks,
> Jessica




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