Since there are many dangerous drug and food interactions with Nardil, alternatives to the medication should be considered first. Alternatives may include other antidepressants, psychotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy, and natural therapies. Other depression medications include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), and tricyclic antidepressants. Nardil alternatives may be considered if symptoms don't improve or if side effects occur.
Nardil® (phenelzine sulfate) is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression). It is part of a group of antidepressant medications called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
Due to potentially lethal drug and food interactions, MAOIs are usually used as a last resort when other treatment options have failed. Before deciding to take the drug, you may want to make sure that you have tried several different options for the treatment of depression. Some of these Nardil alternatives include:
- Other depression medications (also known as antidepressants)
- Electroconvulsive therapy
- Alternative (natural) therapies.
Many forms of psychotherapy, including some short-term (10 to 20 weeks) therapies, can help people with depression. "Talk" therapies help patients gain insight into (and resolve) their problems through a verbal exchange with the therapist, and are sometimes combined with "homework" assignments between sessions. Behavioral therapists help patients learn how to obtain more satisfaction through their own actions and how to unlearn the behavioral patterns that contribute to or result from their depression.