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*When taking an MAOI, you must avoid taking certain medications (including some over-the-counter medicines like Sudafed and cough syrups that contain dextromethorphan), eating certain foods such as aged cheese, aged or improperly stored  meats or drinking substances such as Chianti or tap beer.

It is important to note that you should not drink alcoholic beverages while taking antidepressant medicines, since alcohol can seriously interfere with their beneficial effects and cause increased fatigue or mental confusion.

In October 2004, the FDA determined that antidepressant medications may increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children, adolescents and young adults up to age 24 with depression and other psychiatric disorders. If you have questions or concerns, discuss them with your doctor.