A nurse is caring for a client with Parkinson’s disease who takes an MAOI as part of the medication regimen. Which item on the lunch tray would the nurse remove?

  • cheese
  • an apple
  • bread with butter
  • a cup of whole milk
Number 1 is correct.
Clients taking MAOI should avoid foods high in tyramine, including aged or smoked foods, cheese, meats with added nitrates, and pickled foods. The other menu options are permissible for this client.