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Re: MAOI dose and dizziness Lisa01

Posted by Elizabeth on January 18, 2002, at 10:37:51

In reply to Re: MAOI diet short list-Lisa01, posted by Lisa01 on January 17, 2002, at 19:18:45

> I take only 10 mg. of Parnate once a day. When I upped it to twice a day (after 3 weeks at once) I had severe dizzy spells and was always cold.

I'm generally intolerant to cold, but I think that Parnate made it worse. The dizziness should subside after a while. Some people find that taking salt tablets relieves MAOI-induced dizziness.

> I have low blood pressure when not on meds so I didn't think it was a good thing to make it too low...

It's really not dangerous unless you start fainting, then you have to worry about falls!

> As I understand it, it can take 4-6 weeks to perceive therapeutic benefits even at higher doses, right?

It can, although I've encountered a number of people for whom it worked faster. But I wouldn't expect 10 mg/day to be a sufficient dose. 30 mg/day is generally the minimum effective dose, I think (some people might notice partial effects at 20).

-elizabeth


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