When can I eat pickles again after stopping Nardil?

You may need to wait at least two weeks after you stop taking the antidepressant medication Nardil (phenelzine) before you can eat pickles and certain other foods that can interact with Nardil. This drug takes a while to completely clear from your system, and while it does you should continue to avoid any food, supplement or medication that was not recommended while you were on it.

If you eat foods that interact with Nardil, you might experience a potentially dangerous spike in blood pressure or other side effects. While you're on Nardil, your doctor may tell you to avoid foods that are pickled, aged, fermented or smoked. A partial list of risky foods and beverages includes:
  • pickled herring
  • liver
  • dry sausage, salami, pepperoni and Lebanon bologna
  • fava bean pods
  • sauerkraut
  • cheese (except for cottage or cream cheese)
  • yogurt
  • alcoholic beverages and reduced alcohol or alcohol-free versions of beer and wine
  • excessive amounts of chocolate 
  • caffeine
  • yeast or meat extracts, or brewer's yeast

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