monoamine oxidase inhibitor

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Fandom: Kuroko no Basuke
Pairing: Midorima Shintaro/Akashi Seijuro
Rating: M

“If a patient can’t be saved and there are no extraordinary measures left that can be taken… how do you do no harm?”

Midorima eyes the bottles of pills on the nightstand beside Akashi. There are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and monoamine oxidase inhibitors, beta blockers and benzodiazepines. Akashi’s taken them in every combination and at every dosage imaginable. He must be exhausted, constantly titrating medications that never quite seem to work. Midorima was partially convinced that Akashi is only humoring him as a doctor, not as a significant other, by medicating.

“You do nothing.”

A/N: i haven’t written a darn thing in a thousand years whoops

Knowledge can come from the most unlikely places. For example, I’ll always know that a classy meal of fava beans and liver should be paired with Chianti wine thanks to Hannibal Lecter, the cannibal psychiatrist from The Silence Of The Lambs.

You all of course know what I’m talking about. It’s only the most famous line in the movie. FBI Agent Clarice Starling visits Lecter in a mental hospital because she needs help catching another serial killer, but Lecter is mainly interested in toying with her, so he talks about the time he killed a census worker and “ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” It’s a brilliant scene. It’s chilling, it’s great character development … but did you know that it’s also a joke?

According to a Reddit post, the mental hospital in the movie might had been treating Lecter with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), which is a type of antidepressant that’s fallen out of use over the years due to its dangerous side effects and potentially-lethal interactions with certain foods. People who took MAOIs had to be put on a very strict diet that forbade them from eating things like – oh, would you look at this beautiful full circle – liver, beans, and red wine.

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