Dietary consideration in MAO inhibitor regimens

J Clin Psychiatry. 1982 May;43(5):178-81.


This paper proposes a reasonable MAOI diet, in common food terms, with a rationale supported by a critical review of the literature. Exaggerated fears of food and MAOI interactions can be alleviated and MAOIs should not be withheld from patients who could benefit from the treatment. Principles for dietary counseling of patients receiving MAOIs are listed and suggestions for achieving dietary adherence are made.

MeSH terms

  • Diet*
  • Drug Interactions
  • Humans
  • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors / adverse effects
  • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Tyramine / adverse effects


  • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors
  • Tyramine