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Re: New to MAOIs jsarirose

Posted by Mairwen on January 4, 2003, at 17:20:53

In reply to Re: New to MAOIs eln, posted by jsarirose on October 29, 2002, at 16:10:51

> > Its almost time- I start on Thursday, and will be going to see my psychiatrist in an hour to get the prescription for Parnate. The washout period has been difficult, as I have had to have my mom come to stay with me and have had to "play sick" to get away with the minimum amount of work and social interaction while I have tapered off my SSRIs for 2 weeks and spent 2 disturbing weeks off all medications.
> > Thank all of you who have posted on here- I am in the process of educating my psychiatrist, who considers himself to be knowledgeable on the subject of MAOIs (as he has prescribed them to many patients successfully) yet works from a diet list created in the late 70's.
> > I got my Medic Alert bracelet, an automatic wrist blood pressure monitor, purse to carry my emergency meds and cell phone in, and a very detailed wallet medication card.
> > I will let you all know how its going. Meanwhile, I have been fattening myself up by gorging myself on all the cheeses, foreign chocolates, aged meats, and chiantis that I will no longer be able to eat.
> >
> > I had a question about one more thing for now: is Tequila (major brand like Jose Cuervo) OK?
> >
> > Thanks, E
> >
> Oh yes, you can have wine. You don't want to over do it, but several glasses is just fine. I would avoid home made wine though. Tequila is just fine too. The lists usually recommend moderation with alcohol, but the "newer" liquors are just fine. If you're drinking aged scotch or something, you might want to be a bit more careful. Beer is fine too, but make sure it's bottled beer (a larger brewery) and not tap.
> The lists aren't as restrictive as previously thought. There are actually quite a few cheese options (my big weakness): mozzarella, parmesan (in moderation), Swiss Gruyere, Canadian Muenster, feta, ricotta, cream cheese, even brie if you make sure it's just the inside and no rind. I've personally had all of the above cheeses with no ill effects, and they are all on one of the more recent lists.
> Check out:
> If you page down you'll get actual tyramine contents and some good info. Usually 1-4mg is fine, 4 or 5 to 7 is okay in moderation, and over that is not allowed.
> Keep posting your questions! There is a lot of expert info on this list about the diet restrictions.
> Oh yeah - and chocolate is fine! If you like, I can send you a file with pretty specific info about the diet.
> And you're doing a great prep job. Having all your precautions in line will make you more at ease. Please don't be too nervous about the med. You'll get used to it and the diet restrictions in no time. (Don't forget about med interactions too! No decongestants!)
> -Jessica

I have just started on Nardil and have no medic alert bracelet, no auto wrist blood pressure monitor, emergency meds or wallet medication card. These have not been mentioned to me. Should I be worried?




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