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Re: MAOI Diet Parnate-users may_b

Posted by Elizabeth on August 9, 2001, at 10:21:44

In reply to Re: MAOI Diet Parnate-users Elizabeth, posted by may_b on August 8, 2001, at 9:22:50

> > How high was your blood pressure?
>
> I was way too sick to ask for this information -- it was nearly impossible to talk (too weak)-- it took immense concentration. Later the doctor involved said the blood pressure was not high enough to use nifedipine (my brother was with me and reported this to me the next day). I was alternately vomitting and agitated or too weak to speak or move.

That's surprising if your BP wasn't high enough that it would normally warrant nifedipine. I wonder if there was something else going on too.

> I had guessed Cytomel would expand blood vessels rather than constrict?

Not sure offhand, but in any case that isn't the only factor affecting blood pressure. (There are a lot of things that have to be taken into account; that's why treatment of essential hypertension is so complicated.)

> Tho I went back to the dose of 10 mg of Parnate only once a day at 8 am, and stopped the Cytomel, I have had a variable but continuous low grade headache since the HC--worse if I lean over. Much as I think Parnate is already helping me with depression, I feel extremely nervous about triggering another episode. The headache is worse after each meal, even though I am adhering to a very restrictive MAOI diet.

The headache might be unrelated to blood pressure.

> When you were on Parnate, did you carry an emergency supply of nifedipine or nitrosprusside?

Nifedipine, yes.

-elizabeth


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