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Re: my update Hypertensive Reaction!

Posted by jsarirose on September 22, 2002, at 15:22:22

In reply to Re: my update Hypertensive Reaction!, posted by cybercafe on September 22, 2002, at 8:50:31

> >8 months and I guess I got lax. I had a tap beer last night and had my first hyptensive crisis in ages. I took the Thorazine (my
> wow you really are brave :)

Not brave, stupid actually. Just because it was okay once doesn't mean it's always okay if it's on the list. Bottled beers from big breweries are just fine. They are considered okay. The danger is molds from poor bottling or serving practices. So a microbrewery is more likely to have unpasteurized beer and a pub with taps possibly has mold in the hoses. If you stick to bottled beer, you should be just fine. Labatt's, Molsen, etc. are huge companies. I would drink their beer with no worries at all! My problem is I really like the small, microbrewery dark beer.

I've actually been drinking beer all along and never had a problem. For the most part I stuck to bottled beer, no taps and no homemade (I have a friend that gave me a bunch of homebrew that I gave away).

That's definitely the worst reaction I've ever had. It came on faster that previously. Before I was home already when it started (so I had about an hour after eating until I reacted). I didn't even get through the whole beer. It must have been chock full of molds and such causing really high tyramine levels. Yech.

I'm lucky to have such nice friends. It was a little awkward since they are co-workers and this is only the second time we've been out socially. But most people understand. And I usually explain it as an allergic reaction rather than a reaction to an antidepressant. Unless I'm close to the person, it's too complicated to explain.

Don't worry about drinking beer if you keep to the rules. And use this as a reminder to keep an "emergency" pill with you at all times. I keep one in my wallet and one in my car (and some at home). That way I should always have one with me.





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