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Re: new to nardil: What CAN I eat? What will KILL me?

Posted by Anne on July 21, 1999, at 18:21:48

In reply to Re: new to nardil: What CAN I eat? What will KILL me?, posted by Elizabeth on July 20, 1999, at 18:36:32

Welcome to the wonderful world of Phenelzine, Chris, I have
great confidence that it will help you. Remember that if you
have some uncomfortable, quirky side-effects, many will dissipate
over time.

I've been taking MAOis for the better part of 15 years,
and here's my experience with the diet restrictions: no big deal.
I don't mean to suggest becoming cavalier--the dangers are real--
only that the restrictions hampered my life not one whit. Here they
are for me:

1) no aged cheese (I can eat pizza with no problem, but try it out
carefully--small amounts--and if you get headache, thats's a red flag)
Make sure you know which cheeses are aged. E.g., cottage cheese no,
parmesan yes.
2) no chianti (I didn't drink any red wine for 15 years, but I recently
read it's ok, except for chianti)
3) and that's it! I've had no problems with anything else.

Still more important: Avoid all cough medicine except the one that
doesn't work (I forget what it is, your pharmacist will tell you) and
most over the counter cold medicines (tylenol p.m., contact, all the
good stuff is out. Always read the back of the medicine bottle when
dealing with colds, coughs, and probably other stuff too).
Finally, tell your dentist about the MAOI because you can't use
novocane (sp), or any anesthetic that has vaso-constrictors in it. so
yes, surgery's a problem! Now some of these restrictions may have changed
over time, but double-check.




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