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Re: MAOI diet restrictions

Posted by brussell on December 17, 2003, at 23:29:51

In reply to MAOI diet restrictions, posted by Bigdave on December 17, 2003, at 20:23:14

You're right about the problems with finding an "authoritative list." Part of the problem is that people do vary in their sensitivity to different kinds of foods. I try to err on the side of caution.

In general, I would avoid anything that has been aged or fermented. Be careful with leftovers--one member of this board reported a HT crises brought on by poultry that had been in her icebox for too long.

Personally, I would avoid most of the things you have listed. They sound so heavily processed that it would be very hard to guess what's really in them. Wine and beer have been prohibited on even the more liberal lists I have seen. The aged sauces you describe sound deadly.

I suspect that realitively pure distilled spirits (like vodka) would probably be okay in reasonable quantities. I'd be cautious about liquors that have much flavor, like rums. My psychiatrist was mainly concerned that the Parnate I take could enhance the intoxicating effect of spirits.

Monitor your blood pressure regularly, and you'll probably gradually get a feel for what works for you.

Good luck. I was surprised by your doctor's hostility towards Nardil. Is he a psychiatrist or a GP? I can understand a GP being reluctant to prescribe this drug. If possible, you should find a specialist who will work with you on dosage, other treatments, etc.

Best Wishes




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