Name of Prescribed Medication:PARNATE   or   NARDIL



These tablets are widely used by specialists, and are quite safe if you follow the precautions.  If you do not follow the precautions, you are liable to develop a sudden vast increase in your blood pressure which may burst a blood vessel in your brain, resulting in a stroke or death.  This information is not intended to frighten you, but rather to emphasise how vital it is that you follow the instructions you are given regarding foods (especially cheese) and drugs (especially cold and cough treatments) to be avoided while on this medication(and for 2 weeks after stopping the tablets).

If you develop palpitations or frequent headaches; mention this at your next visit to your doctor.

Wearing a bracelet or necklace identifying you as a user of these drugs will lessen the risk of you being given the wrong drugs in an emergency.

You may wish to purchase a blood pressure monitor if problems develop while taking this medication.


Aim:  The medication is intended to correct the chemical changes in your body which are associated with depressive illness.  This normally takes 2 to 3 weeks.


Side Effects:  You may experience some or none of the following:

  • Dry mouth – mouthwashes, gargling, chewing gum or very bitter drinks may help.
  • Difficulty reading fine print – inexpensive glasses may help, if this does not resolve quickly.
  • Constipation or difficulty passing urine.
  • Dizziness when standing up or getting out f bed – tighten the muscles at the back of your legs before standing up; sit on the edge of the bed before getting up.
  • Sleepiness – do not drive or take part in any activities requiring alertness (such as using machinery) if you are drowsy.  This side effect usually subsides very quickly.
  • Difficulty sleeping – try taking all the medication in the morning.
  • Low blood pressure, causing coldness and tiredness, especially in warm weather.  (Antidote medication may help – See  the relevant Section.
  • Increased perspiration – (See Section        for antidotes).
  • Weight gain.




This information is intended to improve your knowledge of the treatment you are receiving.  Any further points can be discussed at your next consultation with your doctor.


Important Disclaimer:  This site is medical information only, and is not to be taken as diagnosis, advice or treatment, which can only be decided by your own doctor.

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