I am very afraid I won't cope with the tyramine free diet. I tend to have blood pressure on the high but reasonable level. Will I even know if my blood pressure is increasing without constant monitoring? I'm at a terrible depressed anxious state i can't get myself to the dietician let alone shop ever day for fresh food. Someone please advise me. Is nardil worth the anxiety of trying and changing radically my food habits? My thanks in advance, Sava
Hi 'idror24'! The Nardil dietary restrictions really arent that hard, i know it seems overwhelming right now, but after a few weeks, it will become second nature to you. i am on Nardil, have been for 7 years now. You ask if its worth it? YES! YES! YES! It saved my life. I was extremely depressed, & had severe panic attacks many many times every single day. Life wasnt worth living. Id tried (seemed like) every ssri & other antidepressants, but couldnt tolerate them, the only thing my Dr said was left was ECT. I said No Way! Being the avid researcher I am,(& ex nursing assistant), I asked him to try me on Nardil. He was terrified of it, but saw i was at the end of my rope. As far as the diet is concerned, yes, its confusing BECAUSE, they recently 'revised' it, putting things on it that on the "old" list was taboo. Also things in the ""low interaction" cateragory you can still have as long as you dont go overboard on it. You dont have to spend all kinds of $$$ on just fresh foods. You become an avid label reader. So get yourself some reading glasses @ the Dollar Store & read labels. Its easy, basically nothing that is old,ie aged cheese. You can still have deli or packaged cheese. You can get frozen pizza, just no more visits to Pizza Hut. Nothing smoked,aged,no organ meats (beef liver) You can have basically most of the foods you are eating now with some exceptions. No tuna fish. But you can have practically any other fish & sea food. Just pay attention to the canned things, soy, soy sauce is a no no. You will learn these quicker than you realize. The trick to being on Nardil is, DONT dwell on what you CANNOT have. Think (and enjoy) what you CAN have. Also please remember you cant have the Cold medicines anymore. You can have diphenhydramine (Benadryl). Your pharmacist will double check any medications you are on against the Nardil also. One last thing.Please invest in a Medical Alert Necklace that says you are on NARDIL (MAOI), I am sure your dr gave you the antedote, (niphetapine). thank goodness, in the 7 years I have been on Nardil, Ive NEVER had to use it. Also, you can get a blood pressure kit, that just goes on your wrist, you push a button and it does all the work for you, at a super low price on eBay. Just use it for awile to make yourself feel comfortable & see where your BP is, or if you feel funky, take your pressure. They automatically keep a log, so you dont have to bother. I, now enjoy my life, the panic attacks are gone, the depression is gone, even tho Ive gone thru alot in the last 2 years, breast cancer- double mastectomy/chemo,, etc. You will feel your spirits life within the first week on Nardil. It works fast. I wish you all the luck in the world. If you have questions, your pharmacist, Dr, the internet, & this site can always help you. Youre never alone. You will feel better about the restrictions, (and everything else) once its in your body starting to lift your depression, so you can see the world as a sunshiny place again, & I pray you get out of your dark place very very soon.. God Bless. <3
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