Posted by Ilene on February 8, 2004, at 17:09:17
In reply to MAOI users: Medic alert bracelet question, posted by gardenergirl on February 8, 2004, at 16:06:11
> I am planning to get a medic alert bracelet before I travel in the near future. What do you have inscribed on yours? I was thinking just "MAOI" but I wonder if that is enough?
> Thanks in advance for any advice.
I promised my pdoc I would get a bracelet, so I'll be dealing with the same issue soon. My confidence in the medical profession isn't high. (E.g. when I was about to have ovarian surgery, the nurse insisted I was going to have my fallopian tubes removed. Good thing the surgeon was clear on that.)
W/ MAOIs, not only do the ER people need to figure out what got you in there--a stroke precipitated by a cheese sandwich, perhaps?--but they need to know what *not* to give you, which includes nearly every narcotic. (I know you took Vicoprofen w/o difficulty, but that's pretty mild.) MAOIs are uncommon drugs. My pdoc said something about a recent incident involving someone on MAOIs and meperidine (Demerol). I think the person died.
How much space is there on one of those bracelets? I'll check Rx list to see if I can find some generic terms.
BTW, did you go to the Chinese restaurant yet?