A patient has been prescribed phenelzine for the treatment of depression. The nurse should instruct the patient about which common side effect?


•Orthostatic hypotension and dizziness are very common side effects of MAOIs, such as phenelzine (Nardil).

•Other side effects of MAOIs include insomnia, anxiety, agitation, headache, and anticholinergic effects. Anticholingeric effects include dry mouth, blurred vision, urinary retention, and constipation.

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