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#1 Old 08-02-2007, 02:39 PM
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I only saw one thread from two years ago mentioning MAOI's. I've decided I need to go back to an older type of antidepressant called a monoamine oxidase inhibitor. I've been on SSRI's for nearly twenty years, and also tricyclics and atypicals (plus of course lots of psychotherapy). Nothing has worked as well as the MAOI I used for awhile many years ago.

There's a restricted diet that goes along with it, though. (one of the reasons people don't use these very much - b/c no one complies!) No aged/cured foods, like cheese or sausage or some beers/wines, sauerkraut.

Now that I'm vegan, I'm going to have problems because soy products are out, as well as yeast. I guess I'll just have to do without the soy, just like some vegans who are soy-intolerant. But does anyone know about nutritional yeast?

It's not listed on any of the medical literature, and my doc is positive the manufacturers would never want to do assays on it. I really need to know how much tyramine is in nutritional yeast. Any other help on other foods would be greatly appreciated as well.

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#2 Old 08-04-2007, 08:08 PM
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From what I can tell, it is an actual kind of yeast, so I would guess it's probably off-limits to you.
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#3 Old 08-04-2007, 11:41 PM
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I think so, too. So where do I get my B-12 from, if not yeast or soy milk? I guess I have to find a vegan non-soy non-yeast supplement. sigh.
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An under-the-tongue lozenge or syrup would probably be bacterial or synthetic in origin. I am not positive about that, but I am hoping that will steer you closer to the right direction.
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Brewer's Yeast OK with MAOI

Did you ever find an answer to your question? I found a scientific refereed journal article, stating that brewer's yeast is fine with MAOIs. The information is on the bottom of the second page of the article. It's actually quite helpful, and discusses how different foods become off-limits, and how some of that was not good science.

It won't let me post the link, but you should be able to google the title and authors:

Journal of Food Composition and Analysis 19 (2006) S58–S65
Critical Review
Tyramine in foods and monoamine oxidase inhibitor drugs: A crossroad
where medicine, nutrition, pharmacy, and food industry converge
Beverly J. McCabe-Sellers, Cathleen G. Staggs, Margaret L. Bogle
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