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Foods Interacting With MAO Inhibitors
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Many fermented foods contain tyramine as a byproduct formed by the bacterial breakdown of the amino acid tyrosine; it can also be formed by para-hydroxylation of phenylethylamine or dehydroxylation of DOPA and dopamine. Tyramine and some other amines found in food can cause hypertensive reactions in patients taking monoamine oxidase (MAO)inhibitors. ... more
     
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