Nardil Signs, Symptoms and Side Effects
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
Nardil (phenelzine) is an antidepressant medication in the MAOI group.
It is essential that you work with your doctor and follow their instructions closely while taking this MAOI to treat your depression. They are there to help you.
Some side effects from taking phenelzine are weakness, dizziness, insomnia, dry mouth, gastrointestinal issues or impotence. There are more serious side effects that can occur and, if shown, you should contact your doctor immediately. These side effects to watch out for include:
- agitation or unwanted changes in behavior
- rapid weight gain
- changes in heart rate or chest pain
- severe or sudden headaches
- stiffness in your neck
- sensitivity to light or vision problems.
If you’re taking phenelzine, you need to follow a strict diet, as the medication can interact with certain foods containing tyramine. The interaction can cause a severe reaction that may be fatal, so check with your doctor about your dietary needs.
Due to the side effect risks of phenelzine, doctors will typically choose this medication only after other antidepressant medication types have been tried and failed.
Even though you will be working with your doctor and weaning off the medication slowly, you may still experience side effects from discontinuance. These may include:
- flu-like symptoms
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