Nardil FAQ

Nardil, also called phenelzine when sold as a generic, is a non-selective and irreversible monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) that has been around since the 1950s. It is used to treat various conditions due to its antidepressant and anxiolytic properties. Conditions which Nardil are primarily prescribed for include anxiety and major depression, while others are borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mutism, bulimia nervosa, chronic pain, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It is sometimes used as a treatment for cocaine or nicotine addiction as well. Nardil is typically used when other drugs have not been effective.

Nardil works by inactivating several neurotransmitters in the body – serotonin, norepinephrine, epinephrine, dopamine, and tyramine. Doing so helps to balance these chemicals in the brain and positively affect the mood of the user.

There is a long list of drugs that interact with Nardil, so medical supervision is strongly encouraged. Additionally, there is a list of potentially serious side effects that include rapid or decreased heart rate, vision problems, agitation, chest pain, drowsiness, insomnia, dizzy sensations, constipation, dry mouth, decreased urination, and impotency.

Generally, Nardil is a non-addictive drug, yet a physical dependency can be formed. If an individual chooses to self-manage dosing, usually by taking more than prescribed, the body will respond by building up a tolerance to the drug. When this happens, more is needed to achieve a sense of well-being. Reducing the amount back to what was prescribed can lead the user to a reluctance to do so, not wanting to experience the symptoms they originally felt. This is now a psychological addiction that needs medical attention.

If you or someone you know is struggling with Nardil addiction, The Recovery Village can help. Check out our frequently asked questions or call the toll-free hotline to speak with a specialist to learn more about treatment options.