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What foods should I avoid if I take anti-anxiety medicine?

F. Michael Gloth, III
Geriatric Medicine
If you take monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors such as phenelzine (Nardil) or tranylcypromine (Parnate), used as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, avoid:

Processed, cheddar, blue, brie, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese; yogurt, sour cream; beef or chicken liver; cured meats such as sausage and salami; game meat; caviar; dried fish; avocados, bananas, yeast extracts, raisins, sauerkraut, soy sauce, miso soup; broad (fava) beans, ginseng, caffeine-containing products (colas, chocolate, coffee, and tea) because they can cause severe headache and a potentially fatal increase in blood pressure (hypertensive crisis).
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