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How after I have weaned myself from Parnate should I wait

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How long after I have weaned myself from Parnate should I wait before I am able to consume the "restricted" foods or start another anti-depressant.
I was taking 30 mg/day of parnate and have been parnate free for two weeks.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Elliott, LPCC, NCC replied 5 years ago.
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Dear friend,

If you are free from Parnate and are having NO side effects for two weeks already, then you should be able to return to eating the restricted foods. I strongly urge you to just have one restricted food in small portion, and see if you have any adverse reactions, particularly an elevation in blood pressure. If you have your own BP testing device, then you can try before and after.

Give it some time for the adverse reaction to occur.

Try some banana the first tie; then some cheese the next time; then some red wine, the next time. You don't want to overdo it, so that is why you want to go slowly. An adverse reaction could make you ill. That is why you should always be cautious with your health.

If all goes well, wean your way back to the foods that were formerly restricted.

I wish you good health and good fortune.

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Warm regards,

Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

What sort of side effects might I be seeing? I might not be attriuting them to the parnate.


Expert:  Elliott, LPCC, NCC replied 5 years ago.
Dear friend,

Thank you so much for getting back to me.

It would be helpful to know what unusual symptoms you are having. I assume that before taking Panate you did not have high blood pressure problems, otherwise your physician would not have given it to you. Since I do not know what symptoms you might have. I shall list the major side effects of parnate withdrawal. They include:
  • Headaches
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Sore or stiff neck
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Cold clammy skin
  • Sweating, with a high fever
  • Light sensitivity
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Low heart rate
  • Chest pains
  • Dilated pupils .
  • If they are not serious they are probably not threatening you in any way However, if you get these symptoms then you should continue to avoid the restricted foods

Warm regards,

Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC