Who is phenelzine for and who needs to take extra care?

Who is phenelzine for?

Phenelzine is for adults with depression.

People who should take extra care with phenelzine

Make sure you tell your doctor if you have, or have had in the past, any of the following conditions (you might need to take extra precautions, or another medicine might be more suitable):

  • adrenal tumours
  • cerebrovascular disease (e.g. stroke)
  • cardiovascular disease
  • angina
  • prostatic enlargement
  • epilepsy or reduced seizure threshold
  • bipolar disorder.

Get advice, either directly from your doctor or from a specialist information line, about the risks of taking antidepressants if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or thinking about becoming pregnant. See Antidepressants, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Find out more about

If you are starting phenelzine, see 10 things you should know about antidepressants.

You can also read more about depression and the options for treating it.

For more information

The consumer medicine information (CMI) for your brand of phenelzine is available from our website or a pharmacist. The CMI includes:

  • How to take this medicine
  • What to do if you forget to take it
  • If you take too much (overdose)
  • Things you must and must not do while taking this medicine
  • Signs of severe reactions and what to do.
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  • Psychotropic Expert Group. Therapeutic Guidelines: Psychotropic, Version 6. In: eTG complete [CD-ROM]. Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Limited; 2008.
  • Link Medical Products Pty Ltd. Nardil consumer medicine information. 26 July 2010. (Accessed 22 March 2012).