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Frightened of MAOIs - nifedipine?

Posted by david maclean on July 16, 2003, at 5:18:54

I am being asked by my psch-doc to start on MAOIs. I am concerned that I may have real difficulty in keeping to the strict dietary regime.

If I eat the wrong food when taking MAOIs (Nardil 15mg for now) then I understand that my blood pressure may rise dramatically. I am already being treated by my GP for high blood pressure. The blood pressure is down to about 140/88 when I take blood pressure meds

I heard somewhere that patients on MAOIs should carry NIFEDIPINE with them for an emergency. Presumably nifedipine lowers blood pressure quickly.

Did people here who started on MAOIs carry nifedipine or something similar?

Should I get my psych doc to give me some? It is hard to get to see her but I will if I have to.

Thank you for any advice. Sorry to be such a worrier!





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