Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) are very rarely given
to children or teens and usually are not the first medicines given to treat
depression. This is because these medicines have
serious side effects when combined with certain foods or medicines.
No evidence exists that MAOIs are
effective at treating depression in young people, although they are sometimes
used when other medicines have failed.1
with other medicines and some foods.
MAOIs must be discontinued gradually to reduce the chance of
withdrawal symptoms. Some drugs must not be used along with MAOIs, because
serious, sometimes fatal, reactions can occur. Your child will need to wait
several weeks after stopping MAOI treatment before starting other drugs.
Certain nonprescription medicines should be avoided, including certain
cold remedies and diet pills. Your child must wait at least 14 days after
stopping MAOIs before taking another antidepressant.
consequences are possible for the child or teen who takes MAOIs. So discuss
with your doctor the dangers and the benefits of MAOIs. Be sure to get a list
of foods and other medicines your child must avoid while taking MAOIs.
Hazell P (2009). Depression in children and adolescents, search date April 2008. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
April 5, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 05, 2011
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