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What are common side effects of monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)?

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MAOIs are a class of powerful antidepressants. They can cause serious interactions with certain foods and medications. Common side effects include:

  • Difficulty getting to sleep
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting
  • Dry mouth, blurred vision, and appetite changes
  • High blood pressure and changes in heart rate and rhythm
  • Muscle twitching and feelings of restlessness
  • Loss of sexual desire or ability
  • Weight gain

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference: "Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Disorder)."  WebMD Assess Plus: Bipolar Disorder Assessment.  National Institute of Mental Health: "Step-BD Womens Studies."  Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program.  MedicineNet: "Bipolar Disorder (Mania)."  WebMD Medical Reference: "Effects of Untreated Depression."  American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."






Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 12, 2018

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference: "Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Disorder)."  WebMD Assess Plus: Bipolar Disorder Assessment.  National Institute of Mental Health: "Step-BD Womens Studies."  Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program.  MedicineNet: "Bipolar Disorder (Mania)."  WebMD Medical Reference: "Effects of Untreated Depression."  American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."






Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 12, 2018

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