Since having ECT late last year and the ECT doc telling me he would not give me maintenance treatments, suggested I take MAOI's. My prescribing psychiatrist has been suggesting them for years, but I've always shied away from it because of the diet and drug restrictions. Seeing as how the ECT actually worked (albeit for a short period of time), and seeing as how the seemingly 100's of anti-depressants I've tried over the years haven't helped, I decided to try the MAOI's. I'm on a 'beginning' dose of 6 mg. of EMSAM (the patch), and next week will be switched to Parnate pills (a higher dose), as of course, the 6 mg. of EMSAM is doing nothing. Anyway, does anyone know about the proper diet restrictions for MAOI's? I've looked on the web and have gotten conflicted information. For instance one site says no American or Mozzarella cheese and other sites say they are okay. One site says no hot dogs, other sites say "be careful." (How does one BE CAREFUL about eating hot dogs??? You either eat one or you don't...) I've looked up tyramine, but can't find a 'proper' updated list. What about Pastrami? A couple of sites say I can't eat soup in case it has bouillon in it, but my psychiatrist says he never heard of not being able to eat soup. Not that he's an MAOI expert or anything. Bouillon supposedly has meat extracts, which is a no-no on most sites I've seen. And what about going out to eat? All the sites say "be careful." So what am I supposed to do? Ask a dumb server if the meat I'm ordering has been left out too long, like he or she would know or even tell me the truth if he did know? I don't have the drug info from the pharmacy for Parnate yet, but the EMSAM info included in the package does not seem to be complete and does not have enough specific information. How can I get the "right" information?