MAOI Drugs and Depression

If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, you may be facing an overwhelming number of treatment options. There are different types of depression treatment, and not every treatment works for every person. MAOI drugs are one type of depression treatment drug that can help you overcome your feelings of sadness. Learn more about these drugs, and find out how they may be able to help you or your loved one feel better soon.

What Is a MAOI Drug, and How Does It Work?

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) were the original depression medication. Other antidepressant medications like SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) have largely replaced MAOI drugs in most markets, but MAOI drugs still have a place in depression treatment. MAOI drugs work by affecting the brain’s neurotransmitters to change the levels of norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine in the brain. Norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine all act on the brain to produce feelings of happiness. MAOI drugs are believed to help increase brain cell activity and cell communication in the brain. As a side effect MAOI drugs may also affect other neurotransmitters and may help block pain for some people. For this reason newer MAOI drugs are sometimes used in pain treatment or with people with conditions like irritable bowel disease or neuropathic pain.

As with any drug MAOI drugs do have some side effects. They can cause high blood pressure, sleepiness or even cause digestive upset in some people. MAOI drugs are generally not for people with high blood pressure or for pregnant women. It is important to discuss any side effects with your psychiatrist or doctor before taking these medications.

Finding Reliable Depression Treatment

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