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Re: MAOI Parnate

Posted by Ruth on March 20, 1999, at 15:04:26

In reply to Re: MAOI Parnate, posted by alli on March 19, 1999, at 19:19:18

I started on parnate after trying multiple other medications. I had a good response to it. As for side effects, the only problem I had was feeling very sedated and lethargic. I would wake up in the morning still exhausted. (I subsequently learned that the reason for this is that parnate eliminates REM (dream) sleep, one of the stages of sleep necessary for a good nights sleep.
As for the diet, it is really something you get used to. You know that there are just certain things you can't eat. Sometimes it gets frustrating at restaurants because there can be a number of things off limits (you need to ask lots of questions). But in trade off I'd take the parnate.

> After many many trials of other antidepressants I've found that Parnate is the only one that helps my depression. Parnate tends to be a bit more activating than Nardil, and I guess Nardil is more common. The side effects have been kind of a pain for me because I had blood pressure problems before I started and parnate just makes them worse. On the other hand, as long as it works for my depression it could turn my skin bright blue for all I'd care. Parnate also has the benefit of taking away my social anxiety.
> The diet isnt too bad. The only thing I really miss is pizza. I've found that the same foods I need to avoid to prevent migraines are the ones that interact with MAOIs, so I'm used to it. The problem I have is that when I'm depressed I dont mind keeping the diet because I know the MAOI will help me feel better, but once my depression is gone the diet seems much more irritating.
> I have had a problem with really low blood pressure on Parnate, but my BP was unstable to begin with. Now I'm taking dexedrine to control tbe low pressure (and to treat a sleep disorder) and it seems to help.




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