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When should I call my doctor if I am taking Pamelor?

If you are taking the antidepressant medication Nardil (phenelzine), you should call your doctor for the following reasons:

  • You want to stop taking the medicine. Stopping Pamelor suddenly may cause withdrawal symptoms, so you should talk to your doctor about how to go off the drug safely.
  • You have found out you are pregnant or want to try to become pregnant. Experts are not sure if Pamelor is safe to take during pregnancy.  
  • You are considering taking another new drug or supplement. Pamelor can interact with certain other drugs or supplements, potentially causing side effects, so you should talk with your doctor before your first dose.  
  • You have been diagnosed with another physical or mental health condition. Pamelor may not be safe to take if you have problems with your liver, heart, kidneys, thyroid or urinary system, or if you have epilepsy or glaucoma, or bipolar disorder or another mental health issue.
  • You need to have surgery, even dental surgery.

One of the most important reasons to call your doctor is if you experience side effects from the drug. Most side effects are mild and improve as treatment continues, but you should call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • signs of allergic reaction, such as hives or itchy skin, chest tightness, trouble breathing, swelling of face, hands, mouth or throat
  • chest pain or fast, pounding heartbeat
  • lightheadedness or fainting
  • numbness or weakness in your arm, leg or one side of your body
  • tingling or burning pain in your hands, arms, legs or feet
  • seizures or tremors
  • confusion or hallucinations
  • muscle twitching or involuntary movements
  • sudden severe headache or problems with vision, speech, balance or walking
  • trouble sleeping or nightmares
  • fever or sore throat
  • yellowing of skin and whites of the eyes
  • unusual bleeding or bruising

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