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Re: side effects of MAOI's

Posted by jsarirose on October 2, 2002, at 16:10:53

In reply to side effects of MAOI's Bobbiedobbs, posted by katie tkm on October 2, 2002, at 10:41:57

> Would you guys (and anyone else) mind telling me about your side effects on different MAOI's? I know it's a bit personal so I don't mind if you don't want to.

Parnate isn't known to have a negative sexual side effect, in fact it usually increases sex drive. For me, it has had that effect (not a bad thing unless you have no one to share that increased drive with!).

As for negative side effects, for me, my acne has gotten pretty bad with Parnate. There are of course the dietary restrictions, which I won't go into since you know about them. I am occasionally dizzy and have to pause when standing quickly from a sitting or prone position. I have trouble sleeping, but I take Trazodone for that so it actually doesn't effect me too much.

Those are the main negatives for me. The dizziness isn't a big deal. The worst for me is the acne (and of course diet restrictions). But the benefit I've gained from Parnate greatly out weighs any downsides. Oh, and I've also lost a lot of weight. It helps control my cravings and compulsive eating. It also controls my appetite. I've been able to start eating much healthier and lose weight while on Parnate.

So - I think that's it for me! I've never taken Nardil so I don't know how it compares. I do know my doctor chose Parnate because of the weight issue (it doesn't promote weight gain) and the (non) sexual side effects.





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