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cheese effect


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An acute attack of hypertension that can occur in a person taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) drug who eats cheese, caused by an interaction of the MAOI with tyramine, formed in ripe cheese when bacteria provide an enzyme that reacts with the amino acid tyrosine in the cheese. Other foods and drinks that produce the same effect include pickled herring, yeast extract, and certain red wines. Also called the cheese reaction.

Subjects: Psychology.


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