Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs) for Social Anxiety Disorder
Why It Is Used
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) usually are not the first medicines given for anxiety, because they have serious side effects when combined with certain foods and/or medicines. They are usually given to people who have anxiety and who:
- Did not get better with other antidepressants.
- Cannot tolerate the side effects of other antidepressants.
- Have a family or personal history of successful treatment with MAOIs.
- Have unusual depression or anxiety symptoms.
When these drugs are not recommended
MAOIs are not recommended for children or teens.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: May 14, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry