Posted by Bobbiedobbs on March 23, 2002, at 13:33:03
In reply to Re: MAOI diet short list, posted by mdmicky on March 2, 2002, at 14:55:10
I have taken Nardil (30-45 mg.)for 15 years and Parnate (20-30 mg) for about two. I think Elizabeth's short list comes the closest I've seen to being accurate, and least as far as my own experience. I observed the crazy dietary restrictions for the first 10 years or so, then, on the advice of Dr. Shulman and others' studies, began consuming some of the items for which their appeared to be only anecdotal evidence - i.e. evidence without any basis in actual tyramine content/absorption studies.
This is my experience: On the above drug regimens I have consumed the following foods regularly (as above as several times a week for 7 years), without the SLIGHTEST side effect:
Pizza with mozzarella cheese.
Beer - bottled, canned, domestic and exported - up to 3 per four hours.
White wine, red wine (in quantities) hard liquor.
Sausage, pepperoni - mostly on pizza.
Sauerkraut - in the U.S. and France.
Soy sauce - all sorts of brands and in Chinese restaurants - generally small quanities.
Processed American (Kraft) cheese slices.
Chocolate, raspberries, etc.
The only time I had a side effect was when I mistakenly took a decongestant. I got a terrible headache, was sweating and my blood pressure was way high. I went to the hospital, they gave me Mellaril, and I was discharged.
I have heard that absorption rates and sensitivity can vary among users. Yet the fact that I have been able to consume these for so many years without ANY measureable effect would at least give pause for doubt.... think the shame of the whole thing is that these medications can be enormously helpful (they have been to me) but doctors won't prescribe them becuase of the food restrictions, which, in this individuals's opinion, and except for the hard cheeses, other medications and a few other oddball items, are largely bogus. Phil.