Posted by gardenergirl on April 30, 2006, at 13:19:54
In reply to Large amount of tyramine containing foods?? HELP!, posted by Meri-Tuuli on April 30, 2006, at 3:40:55
For things like aged cheese, including cheddar, even a tiny amount could very well be too much. I avoid aged cheeses altogether. I don't know about chorizo, but if it's not an aged sausage like salami or other hard sausages, it might be okay. Still, if you're going to try something that does contain a measurable amount of tyramine (and again, I don't know about the sausage), you definitely want to start small. I had a reaction from eating about a cup of stuffing at Thanksgiving that had giblet broth in it. I doubt that this portion had a great deal of broth, but turkey livers/giblets apparently are bad news.
And raspberries...I've not had any reaction. I'm not aware of them containing tyramine. But again, start small and see how you feel. If you have a BP cuff that's even better. The first time I tried red wine, I took my BP before, immediately after a sip or two, and again about a half hour later.
Being careful is good. A moderate amount of anxiety about this is probably good, too, as there are dangers. But if anxiety gets to the point where you feel paralyzed about trying the med or have too much worry about eating the wrong thing, then an MAOI might not be the right choice.
Good luck with it. And ask questions. Check the archives. There are tons of food-related questions and answers there. Better to be safe and ask than to have a reaction.