Since there are potentially lethal food and drug interactions with MAOIs, many people will consider other treatments for depression before trying Parnate. Alternatives to Parnate include other antidepressants, electroconvulsive therapy, psychotherapy, and natural therapies. Other medications that can be used to treat depression include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants, and other monoamine oxidase inhibitors.
Parnate® (tranylcypromine 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.
Due to potentially lethal drug and food interactions, MAOIs are usually used as a last resort, when other options have failed. Before deciding to take Parnate, you may want to make sure that you have tried several different options for the treatment of depression. Some of these Parnate alternatives include:
- Other depression medications (also known as antidepressants)
- Electroconvulsive therapy
- Alternative (natural) therapies.
Many forms of psychotherapy, including some short-term therapies (10 to 20 weeks), can help people with depression. "Talk" therapies help patients gain insight into and resolve their problems through 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.