Depression, even in its most severe form, is highly treatable. As with many illnesses, getting treatment early is more effective and reduces the chance of recurrence.
The most common forms of treatment for depression are medication (antidepressants) and psychotherapy ("talk therapy"). In cases of severe depression, healthcare providers may recommend electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Some people may also try complementary or alternative treatments for depression (see Natural Remedies for Depression).
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors such as Nardil are usually used as a last resort, when other antidepressants have failed. Most people who take the drug have tried other alternatives to Nardil for depression. These alternatives include:
- Other monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants.
(Click Nardil Alternatives to learn more about alternatives for Nardil. Click Dealing With Depression to learn about other ways of managing depression.)
People who take too much Nardil may have overdose symptoms that could include:
- Dizziness or fainting
- Irritability, hyperactivity, or agitation
- Severe headache
- Unusual muscle contractions
- Rapid and irregular pulse
- High blood pressure (hypertension) or low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- High fever
- Cool, clammy skin
- Loss of life.
If you happen to overdose on Nardil, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Nardil Overdose for more information.)