Antidepressants - Warnings
Do antidepressants affect other medication?
This section is just a summary. You should tell your doctor or pharmacist about any medicines you take before you start or stop other medications. This includes over the counter medication, herbal or complementary remedies or medicines such as:
- illegal drugs,
- other antidepressants,
- St John’s Wort, or
Read through the medicine leaflet before you start taking any medicine. You can read through medicine leaflets online on electronic Medicines Compendium here.
Do any foods affect antidepressants?
There are some foods that have an amino acid (protein) called tyramine that you should not eat if you are taking MAOIs. Tyramine can build up in your body if you eat it when you are taking MAOIs. Examples of foods that have this protein are:
- pickled or salted meats or fish,
- overripe fruits and vegetables, and
- Oxo, Marmite or Bovril.
If you are taking this medication, ask your doctor about any foods that you should not eat.
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