What should I know about Parnate before taking it?

The antidepressant Parnate (tranylcypromine) can be habit forming. Your doctor will want to see you regularly to monitor you for side effects when you take Parnate. Like other antidepressants, Parnate may trigger suicidal thoughts and behavior. People under 25 are believed to be at greatest risk, especially at the beginning of treatment or when the doctor changes their dose.

Parnate can cause serious, even life-threatening, reactions if you take it along with certain other medications or foods. Pregnant women shouldn't take Parnate because it could harm the developing fetus. Don't begin or continue breastfeeding while taking Parnate because the drug will pass to the baby through your breast milk, which could be dangerous. Do not take Parnate if you have heart disease, liver disease, tumors of the adrenal gland or are going to receive anesthesia during surgery.

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