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

Posted by Elizabeth on July 22, 1999, at 0:01:23

In reply to Re: new to nardil: What CAN I eat? What will KILL me?, posted by Anne on July 21, 1999, at 18:21:48

> 2) no chianti (I didn't drink any red wine for 15 years, but I recently
> read it's ok, except for chianti)

Actually Chianti is okay too. (According to research, not just according to "I tried it and it was okay." Although I *have* had Chianti a number of times while on MAOIs, as well, and I'm pretty sensitive to tyramine.)

> Still more important: Avoid all cough medicine except the one that
> doesn't work

Actually, the ingredient to watch out for is dextromethorphan. Codeine is okay (and does work).

> most over the counter cold medicines (tylenol p.m., contact, all the
> good stuff is out.

Again, I think it's better just to remember which specific drugs are bad rather than trying to remember all the brand names. Pseudoephedrine and phenylpropanolamine are two common ingredients in OTC cold medicine that are problematic. (Antihistamines, such as chlorpheniramine (e.g., ChlorTrimeton) and diphenhydramine (Benadryl)) are okay, although the MAOI may or may not worsen some of their side effects.

>Always read the back of the medicine bottle when
> dealing with colds, coughs, and probably other stuff too).

Yeah, usually it will have a warning on it about MAOIs.

> Finally, tell your dentist about the MAOI because you can't use
> novocane (sp), or any anesthetic that has vaso-constrictors in it.

Again, this probably isn't really a problem, but most dentists will want to play it safe.

> yes, surgery's a problem!

Surgery (even with general anaesthesia) can be done, actually, and depending on how urgent the surgery is and how bad it would be to go off the antidepressant, it may be better to just stay on the MAOI.




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