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Hypertensive Crisis

Posted by IsoM on March 4, 2003, at 18:02:05

In reply to Re: *hypertensive crisis* OMG! Anonne, posted by LUKA62 on March 4, 2003, at 16:34:34

Thank you both for posting your experiences - quite an eye opener! My ex was on an MAO inhibitor for a time & he refused to watch his diet. It sounds like he was very lucky to escape without an incident. I think it's because of the possibility of a hypertensive episode & many people's noncompliance with their diet that doctors won't use MAOIs much now.

Both are scarey stories & I hope any one taking an MAOI reads this & will bear it in mind when they want to eat what they used to.

In case this is helpful for you, protein foods form these pressor amines (that cause the hypretension) when the protein is stored for a while & protein breakdown starts occuring. It doesn't even have to be spoiled or such, but fresh meat & unaged cheeses are generally safe. That's why anything femented (soy is high in protein) or aged is taboo. But if you go to fancier restaurants that may serve well aged, tender beef, or places where chicken or other meats have been kept sufficiently cold but stored a while, they're more likely to give problems. The lemon chicken was probably sitting in their fridge for a day or two.

Any good doctor should be willing to prescribe nifedipine to take sublingually for emergencies, especially with your previous history, & the fact that you do try to take care. I hope you find one.




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