When treating depression with Nardil, the dosage typically starts at 15 mg, three times a day. This will likely be increased to 60 mg, divided into smaller doses. As soon as your depression symptoms are under control, your healthcare provider may choose to decrease your Nardil dosage. Make sure to take your doses at the same times each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
The dose of Nardil® (phenelzine sulfate) that your healthcare provider prescribes will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may currently be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
The recommended starting Nardil dose for depression is 15 mg, three times per day. In general, your healthcare provider will increase your Nardil dosage quickly -- up to at lest 60 mg total per day (divided into smaller doses). Some people will need up to 90 mg of Nardil per day. Once your depression is under control, your healthcare provider may decide to decrease your dosage.
Considerations for people taking Nardil include the following:
- Nardil should be taken at the same times each day to maintain an even level in the blood.
- If you do not take your Nardil as scheduled, take your missed dose as soon as you remember. If it almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose.
- Your Nardil dosage can be taken with or without food. If the medication upsets your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Nardil may not work immediately, although it may work more quickly than other antidepressants. Try to give the medication a chance to work before becoming discouraged.
- For the drug to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. It will not work if you take it differently from how your healthcare provider recommends.
- If you are unsure about anything related to Nardil or your Nardil dosage, talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the medication without first discussing it with your healthcare provider. Stopping the medicine abruptly may increase the risk for withdrawal symptoms (see Nardil Withdrawal).