I cannot stop taking the Nardil for the hip replacement surgery... am worried about the anesthesias used for general use and my upcoming surgery. I would appreciate an answer that is using layman's terms. Thankyou
Nardil is an MAOI, meaning it has a lot of interactions with other medications. As long as you make your surgeon AND the rest of the medical team aware that you are taking Nardil an MAOI, they will be sure to keep you safe.
The most common drugs used in anasthesia are Propofol, Fentanyl, and/or Demerol (the latter two are usually used as a backup, if the Patient cannot take Propofol). These drugs do seem to interact with Nardil, however since they raise Serotonin levels (and Propofol has a bad interaction, though not as severe).
Please check with your doctor and MAKE SURE he/she's aware that you are taking an MAOI, and that you know that common anesthetics are contra-indicated, and ASK what your options are.
- Nardil Information for Consumers
- Nardil Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Nardil (detailed)
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