A 54-year-old man sees a physician complaining of a depressed mood and inability to sleep for the past three weeks. He tells the physician that in the past when he has had similar episodes, he was placed on a monoamine oxidase inhibitor, which proved effective. The physician diagnoses the patient with a major depression and agrees to use an MAOI. Which of the following foods must be completely avoided by this patient while on this medication?

a. Licorice

b. Coffee

c. Chocolate

d. Cheddar cheese

e. Soy sauce

the answer is below…

The United States Medical Licensing Examination, or USMLE for short, is a three-part licensing examination that is required in order to receive a license to practice medicine within the United States.

The USMLE assesses a physician’s ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to determine fundamental patient-centered skills that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care.Examination committees composed of medical educators and clinicians from across the United States and its territories prepare the examination materials each year.

This exam is designed by the Federation of State Medical Boards and the National Board of Medical Examiners to determine whether or not an individual understands and can apply the knowledge necessary to practice medicine safely and intelligently.

The USMLE is actually comprised of three different exams that are referred to as steps, which examine the individual’s knowledge of specific topics related to the field of medicine such as basic science, medical knowledge, medical skills, clinical science, and the application of all of these skills and areas of knowledge in the medical field.

All three steps of the USMLE include a series of computerized multiple-choice questions, but the format of the exam and the information covered in each multiple-choice section is different for each step of the USMLE. The USMLE Step II also has a clinical skills portion that examines an individual’s ability to work with real patients and the USMLE Step III has a computerized patient simulation portion in addition to the multiple-choice section of the exam. In order for an individual to receive a license to practice medicine, the individual must pass all three steps of the USMLE.

Medical doctors with an M.D. degree are required to pass this examination before being permitted to practice medicine in the United States of America

The correct answer is d; Cheddar cheese.[2]

There is a long list of foods that should be avoided while a patient is taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor, but only a few that must be completely avoided—these include aged cheese, red wine, and cured meats. Others, including anchovies, beets, caviar, chocolate, coffee, colas, curry powder, figs, licorice, mushrooms, rhubarb, snails, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce, can be consumed in small quantities because although they contain small amounts of tyramine, they have only rarely been associated with hypertensive episodes.