WHAT IS IT?
Phenelzine (Nardil) is an MAOI antidepressant medication.
WHEN DO WE USE IT?
Major depressive disorder: while not a first-line medication, phenelzine can still be used to treat depression in certain circumstances.
WHEN DO WE AVOID USING IT?
In patients who are consuming tyramine containing foods:
- Aged cheeses
- Aged/cured meats
- Aged/fermented soy products
- Overripe fruits
- Certain alcoholic beverages.
HOW IS IT ADMINISTERED?
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS/TOXICITY?
Hypertensive crisis in those who take this medication with tyramine containing foods.
Page Updated: 08.13.2016