Should I worry about allergies with Nardil?

Although it's uncommon, the antidepressant Nardil (phenelzine) may cause an allergic reaction in some people, producing symptoms that can include itching or hives, trouble breathing, chest tightness and swelling of your face, hands, mouth or throat. You should seek immediate medical attention at the first sign of any of these symptoms.

Nardil can also be a concern if you suffer from other types of allergies, such as hay fever or other respiratory allergies, because it can interact with medications you might take for these conditions, possibly causing serious side effects. Be sure to tell your doctor if you take:
  • cold and cough preparations (especially those containing dextromethorphan)
  • nasal decongestants (tablets, drops or spray)
  • hay fever medications
  • sinus medications
  • asthma inhalant medications 
Before starting treatment with Nardil, give your doctor a list of all your medications (prescription and over-the-counter) and supplements. Once you begin taking Nardil, don't take any new medication or supplement without checking with your doctor first.

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