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Re: MAOI + Aspartame = better AD response?

Posted by PeterMartin on May 2, 2014, at 21:18:01

In reply to Re: MAOI + Aspartame = better AD response?, posted by Kktemene on May 1, 2014, at 23:55:32

> I take nardil + lamictal. I tried drinking a diet coke yesterday, and did feel better. But aspartame is contraindicated for people taking MAOIs, because it contains phenylalanine.
> So maybe all of us should keep track of our blood pressure while using aspartame and talk to our p-doc.
> Thanks for the posts about aspartame. I'm going to continue experimenting with it, if my p-doc is OK with it.

Yea I know it's something to avoid but I've been drinking crystal lite on Marplan since I started it in 2010 w/o any BP increases. Never really thought it about it potentially adding to the AD effect until I stopped taking it in Jan for 3months to see if it was causing me to gain weight.

Definitely a good idea to monitor the BP though. I had a cuff when I first started MAOis in 2010. Now I just make sure to use the BP machine at the grocery store when I go a couple times a week. I drink Aspartame daily (2 to 4 16oz water bottles of crystal lite) and always have BP in the low range (120/80ish). I was on lithium w/ Marplan for a little while and that definitely increased my BP a little more than I was comfortable....(140/100ish)....




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