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An_248640 posted:
Dr. Stacy:
Is it true that tyramine rich foods are not as dangerous as once thought when taking a maoi? I was told that your bp may spike for a short time and come back down.
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Mark A Stacy, MD responded:
Dear AN_248640
I apologize for my delay. I thought I had answered this question. You are correct, we worry much less about the "cheese effect" or increased blood pressure with foods containing tyramine. This concern is more relevant with an MAO-I type A inhibitor, while PD drugs rasagiline and selegiline are MAO-I type B inhibitors.


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