This diet is intended for use by patients who are taking monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors. Its purpose is to prevent a hypertensive crisis.
Causes of Tyramine-restricted Diet
Tyramine is present in many common foods. In the body, tyramine's pharmalogical action is to raise the blood pressure; however, enzymes, present in many body tissues neutralize this action. Drugs that prevent this neutralizing process, such as MAO inhibitors, allow the tyramine to reenter the blood. As a result blood vessels are constricted causing the blood pressure to elevate.
Signs and Symptoms of Tyramine-restricted Diet
This diet avoids the use of foods which contain large amounts of tyramine and other pressor amines. Failure to comply with dietary restrictions may result in symptoms such as headaches, nausea, tachycardia or bradycardia.
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