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What Is Tranylcypromine Used For?

Many people wonder, "What is tranylcypromine used for?" Tranylcypromine is used for treating depression in people over the age of 18. Healthcare providers may also occasionally prescribe the antidepressant for the treatment of other conditions, such as anxiety, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder.

Tranylcypromine Uses: An Overview

Tranylcypromine sulfate (Parnate®) is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression).
Depression is more than just "feeling sad." Common symptoms of depression include:
  • Changes in sleep (sleeping too much or not enough)
  • Eating too much or too little (and weight gain or weight loss)
  • Having little interest in things that you used to enjoy
  • Physical pain
  • Feeling hopeless or worthless
  • Suicidal thoughts.
Tranylcypromine has been proven in large clinical trials to help adults with depression. However, due to many potentially lethal food and drug interactions, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (including tranylcypromine) are usually used as a last resort in severe depression, when other options have failed. In order to use this medication safely, you must commit to following a strict diet (see Parnate Food Interactions) and to avoid many (if not most) medications, including over-the-counter products (see Drug Interactions With Tranylcypromine).
Counseling and therapy (see Psychotherapy for Depression) are often used along with antidepressant medication to treat depression. Ask your healthcare provider if counseling or therapy would be good options for you (see Depression Treatment).
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