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Re: MAOI Diet Addendum

Posted by Elizabeth on August 5, 2001, at 8:35:11

In reply to MAOI Diet Addendum, posted by SalArmy4me on August 4, 2001, at 22:53:48

I have a copy of this article somewhere. Thanks for posting it; I'm very grateful to this group of researchers for their work on updating the MAOI dietary restrictions.

And yes, I did drink Chianti (and several other wines, both red and white) while taking Parnate. :-) (Don't let me get started about the amount of chocolate I consumed when I was on Nardil. Yikes.)

The following passage deserves particular emphasis:

"We believe that many case reports, with only subjective findings that are not validated by objective measures, have led to the restriction of many foods. Headaches, which can occur for a variety of reasons, can also occur with chocolate ingestion in patients who are not taking MAOIs. In these cases, the cause does not appear to be related to either tyramine or phenylethylamine. We would suggest that this reaction may have been due to the stimulant effects of the methylxanthines (theobromine and caffeine)."

In other words, people sometimes just get headaches for no particular reason, even people on MAOIs.





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