If you are currently being treated for depression or social anxiety disorder but your symptoms are still ruling your life or you are considered to be treatment-resistant, talk to your doctor about Nardil. This is a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) drug that works a little differently than some of the first-line treatments for depression and social anxiety disorder (SAD). Your doctor will instruct you on the safest way to transition from your current Rx medication to Nardil so you can begin to feel better and start enjoying your life more. Nardil is not a cure for any mental health disorders, but it can help you deal with your symptoms and not allow them to overtake your life.
The active ingredient in Nardil called Phenelzine works on your brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) by interfering with an enzyme called monoamine oxidase. This prevents the breakdown of the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine and increases your neurochemical levels which improves their transmission to your neurons. Each brain chemical has a purpose and Nardil will help to ‘reset’ their balance and allow you to be less anxious, stressed, sad, irritable, and distracted.
Depression can be a debilitating mental condition, but it can also be one of the many symptoms of social anxiety disorder. SAD can interfere with your ability to join social gatherings for fear you may do or say something wrong, accept a promotion at work because you fear having to instruct people on what to do, or feel as if you just are not good enough to be a part of someone’s life.
Whether you are seeking help for depression or SAD, talk to your doctor about the benefits of cognitive therapy. This treatment is based not only on positive thinking, but also on how to pursue accurate thinking as well. People take an active role in cognitive therapy and are taught to test their thoughts through real life experiments. You are not told to ‘stop thinking that way’; instead you are shown methods to discover the kind of thinking that can make you feel worse or incapable of dealing with problems.
Ask your doctor if Nardil is safe to take when you are pregnant, if you become pregnant, or while breast feeding. Explain other medical conditions or allergies you have to your doctor and list any OTC or Rx drugs you currently take or use, including herbal remedies and vitamin or dietary supplements, so it can be determined if Nardil is the right medication for you.
There are dietary restrictions you must follow while taking Nardil to avoid a dangerous increase in your blood pressure. If you are changing from another antidepressant to Nardil, follow your doctor’s instructions regarding how long you must wait in between to avoid serious side effects. Until you know how Nardil will affect you, avoid driving, operating machinery or other activities that may be considered risky or unsafe if you are not alert.