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Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)

  • Examples: moclobemide, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, tranylcypromine.

 

  • Mechanism of action: this inhibits monoamine oxidase, which prevents breakdown on monoamines and increased their availability in the synaptic cleft.

 

  • Common side-effects

- Risk of hypertensive crisis - diet/medications, “cheese reaction”- prevents breakdown on tyramine.

- Anticholinergic, hepatotoxicity, insomnia, anxiety, weight gain, postural hypotension, sexual dysfunction, ankle oedema.

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Last updated March 2020

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