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Re: hypertensive experiences?

Posted by jsarirose on July 18, 2002, at 1:03:00

In reply to Re: hypertensive experiences? jsarirose, posted by SLS on July 17, 2002, at 20:56:03

> Have you actually had MAOI food reactions? How often have you had them? What other drugs have you used besides Thorazine? (I'm assuming that you don't take Thorazine on a daily basis).
>
> Forgive me if you have already answered this question along this thread, but I am unable to read (concentrate) more than a few posts a day.
>
> Thanks.
>
> - Scott

I've had three attacks total. Two were absolutely food related (smoked, canned clams in a stew and anchovy paste in Vietnamese Pho). The third was two days after the first and we never figured out what triggered it. I ate breakfast (2 eggs, toast) but I'd eaten the exact same thing many times before and the exact same type of bread, etc.

All three times I did not have a home blood pressure monitor and was in far too much pain to drive to a drug store to test it (as one stupid doctor suggested). Two times I took one Thorazine pill and a pain pill (oxycodone that was left over from surgery) and two Aleve. That seemed to do the trick, it slowly subsided and I was left with a dull, but manageable headache for a couple days. I was also very tired for a day or so. The Thorazine pill was hugely successful. When I just took a pain pill and Aleve it didn't help nearly as quickly or as well as when I took the Thorazine. I haven't tried any other emergency pills. And I don't take it regularly at all - only for a crisis.

I also now own a home blood pressure kit. I bought the automatic one because I didn't think I could handle the manual if I was in the throes of a migraine/attack. I stronly recommend it. I keep a rough estimate of my regular blood pressure, measure it when it feels elevated, and measure it when I feel very dizzy. The chart helps me look for abnormalities.

Hope this helps.

-Jessica


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