Nardil is a prescription drug used in treating certain depression types. It is a MAOI or monoamine oxidase inhibitor that works by blocking the action of monoamine oxidase, a chemical substance in the nervous system.
While Nardil is very effective on some patients, some may experience unwanted side effects if taken the wrong way. Your doctor may advise you to avoid taking certain medicines and some foods and beverages during treatment.
To use Nardil properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. Do not increase the dose, take it more often, or prolong the treatment period ordered by the doctor.
Increasing the dosage without your doctor’s advice may heighten the chance of unwanted side effects, particularly in elderly patients.
For treating depression in adults, initial dosage may be given at 15 mg three times a day. Dosage may be adjusted as per your doctor’s advice, but should not exceed 90 mg a day.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. In case it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one and follow your regular dosing schedule. Never take double doses.
Keep the medicine in an airtight container at normal room temperature. Keep it away from direct light, heat, and moisture. Do not let it freeze. Keep the medicine out of children’s reach.
Throw away any outdated medicine or medicine that is not in use. Keep the medicine in its original package until needed.
While not all people taking Nardil may suffer from these side effects, you may need to call your doctor if any of these are present:
- Cold sweats
- Faintness, dizziness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position
- Shakiness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
- Overactive reflexes
- Sudden jerky movements of the body
- Trembling or shaking of the feet or hands
- Stomach or abdominal pain
- Out of control actions
- Itching, burning, crawling, prickling, numbness, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
- Clay-colored stools
- Change in consciousness
- Decrease in frequency of urination
- Dark urine
- Decrease in urine volume
- Troubled breathing
- Disorganized thoughts
- Difficulty in passing urine or dribbling
- False or unusual sense of well-being
- Irregular, fast, or pounding heartbeat
- Fear or nervousness
- General feeling of discomfort, illness, or weakness
- Increased sweating
- High blood pressure
- Irregular or shallow breathing
- Loud or fast speech
- Appetite loss
- Lack of emotion or feelings
- Loss of consciousness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Low blood pressure
- Muscle twitching
- Shakiness and unsteady walk
- Muscle tremors
- No emotion or expression in speech
- Uncontrolled eye movements
- Unusual weakness or tiredness
- Painful urination
- Rapid, deep, or shallow breathing
- Pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin
- Talking, feeling, and acting with excitement
- Unpleasant breath odor
- Problems with muscle control, such as unsteadiness or trembling
- Unusual paleness
- Vomiting of blood
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
Some of the side effects may take place and may not need special medical attention and usually go away as the body adjusts to the medicine during treatment.
Some patients may experience other side effects not listed above. If you want to report side effects, you may do so by calling the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.