Agraphia Medical Tragicomedy

15Sep/081

Silence of the Lambs

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs) are a class of medications commonly prescribed for severe depression. One of the major side effects: Tyramine Syndrome, which causes a rapid rise in heart rate and blood pressure if certain foods are eaten.

Foods that are verboten? Eating liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. I doubt it's coincidence that Hannibal Lecter - a brilliant psychiatrist who would be well versed in pharmacotherapy - mentioned those three specific foods.

Touché, Thomas Harris. Well played.

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  1. Writers and actors must know as much as possible to be believeable. I am not surprised.

    That said I have been on MAOIs. For depression. Can’t remember the name of it but I think it started with an “e” and when I backed off of it my lips and gums went numb for a week. Turns out I was actually not depressed at all. I just needed to get divorced.


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