Nardil uses are primarily concerned with the treatment of depression. Since the medication hasn't been studied extensively in children or teenagers, it is only approved to treat depression in adults. Healthcare providers may also recommend "off-label" Nardil uses, such as for the treatment of a childhood disorder called mutism (which involves the inability to speak in certain situations).
Nardil® (phenelzine sulfate) is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression).
Depression is more than just "feeling sad." Common symptoms of depression include:
- Changes in sleep (sleeping too much or not enough)
- Eating too much or too little (and weight gain or weight loss)
- Having little interest in things that you used to enjoy
- Physical pain
- Feeling hopeless or worthless
- Suicidal thoughts.
Nardil has been proven in large clinical trials to help adults with depression. However, due to many potentially lethal food and drug interactions, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (including Nardil) are usually used only as a last resort in severe depression, when other options have failed. In order to use this medication safely, you must commit to following a strict diet (see Nardil Food Interactions) and to avoid many (if not most) medications, including over-the-counter products (see Nardil Drug Interactions).
Counseling and therapy (see Psychotherapy for Depression) are often used along with antidepressant medications to treat depression. Ask your healthcare provider if counseling or therapy would be good options for you (see Depression Treatment).