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What is Nardil?
Nardil is a so-called MAO inhibitor, a medicine that is used to treat depression and anxiety disorders. The active ingredient phenelzine increases the levels of serotonin and noradrenaline in the nervous system. These chemical compounds, also called neurotransmitters, act as chemical messengers between the nerve cells. A shortage of neurotransmitters is known to be associated with psychological problems. Nardil alters this imbalance and so helps reduce or eliminate depression. Nardil is prescription-only medicine.
What is Nardil used for?
Nardil is used in the treatment of depression and various anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder and phobias. It is usually prescribed when other category antidepressants, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), do not have the desired effect or no effect at all.
How to use Nardil
Nardil tablets should be swallowed whole with some water and food. It may take about two weeks for the benefits of this medicine to appear. If your symptoms have not improved by this time you should consult your doctor.
Do not consume foods that are rich in tyramine while you are taking this medicine. Tyramine is a substance that increases blood pressure. The body normally breaks down this substance, but Nardil prevents this from happening. Consuming foods that are rich in tyramine such as mature cheese, yoghurt, pickled herrings and white beer could cause a dangerous increase in blood pressure. You should therefore avoid these foods and drinks while being treated with Nardil. For more information, see the package leaflet.
Unless otherwise advised by the doctor, the usual dose in adults is:
- one 15-mg tablet, three times a day.
In most cases, the doctor will increase the starting dose until the most effective dose is reached. Nardil is not suitable for children under the age of 18. Read the package leaflet before use.
Nardil may have side effects, especially in the initial phase of treatment, although not everyone gets them. The most commonly reported side effects include:
- Dizziness, drowsiness, sleepiness;
- Sleeping difficulties;
- Sexual problems (delayed ejaculation, loss of libido).
Consult a doctor if the side effects are bothersome or if you have side effects that are not listed here. For a complete list of possible side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Nardil
Nardil is not suitable for everyone. Do not use this MAO inhibitor if:
- You are unable or unwilling to adhere to a strict low-tyramine diet;
- You are allergic to phenelzine or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You have high blood pressure, a heart condition or a disease of the blood vessels in and around the brain (cerebrovascular disease);
- You have epilepsy, a liver condition or tumour of the adrenal gland.
Consult a doctor on the use of Nardil if you have a health-related condition that is not listed above.
Nardil can interact with some medicines. It is therefore important to tell the doctor what other medicines you are currently taking.
Nardil should not be used, or only with your doctor’s approval, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
This medicine may cause sleepiness or dizziness. Stay out of traffic if you feel that your reaction time might be delayed.
Do not drink alcohol while taking this medicine as this is likely to trigger or worsen the side effects. Many beers and wines are also rich in tyramine, which is another reason why they should be avoided.