Nardil (Phenelzine) Addiction and Abuse
Phenelzine is an irreversible and non-selective monoamine oxidase inhibitor from the hydrazine class. While used for treating symptoms of depression, this medication is ineffective against bipolar disorder, severe depression or manic depression.
While the medication is used for individuals in many circumstances, it is often used at rehabilitation facilities to help prevent depression and suicidal thoughts.
The initial dose of Nardil that most doctors prescribe is one 15 mg tablet taken three times daily. During the early phases of treatment, dosage may be increased to between 60 mg and 90 mg per day, depending on the individual’s tolerance. Once an individual reaches the maximum benefit from Nardil, doctors typically reduce it slowly over a period of several weeks, eventually reducing treatment to one tablet per day.
Typically, this medication takes four weeks to reach full effectiveness in a patient.
The Nardil (phenelzine) pill is available in tablet form, orange in color, film-coated and biconvex. It is also engraved with “P-D 270.”
It is important to take Nardil exactly as prescribed. Treatment programs can require a patient’s blood pressure to be checked regularly. If an improvement in symptoms isn’t visible within a few weeks, the dosage amount may have to be adjusted.
There’s an increased risk of this mental disorder for anyone who misuses a prescription, which is, unfortunately, a common occurrence. In fact, up to 52 million people have misused prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes at least once in their life, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Intense mental reliance upon Nardil may also occur when a person ingests it in a manner that was not recommended. This includes crushing and snorting the medication or using it along with other substances, such as opioids, stimulants or alcohol.
Having a strong aftercare program is imperative to fight against the possibility of recurrence of use. With proper support and ongoing care, patients are placed in the best position to avoid this issue.
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