Moclobemide in the brain are broken down by a chemical called monoamine oxidase A.
Moclobemide is available without a brand name, ie as the generic drug.
Moclobemide is prescribed in the treatment of social phobia. Moclobemide is not fully understood how it works in this illness.
Moclobemide is thought that depression may be linked to an imbalance of chemicals within the brain. When depression occurs, there may be a decrease in the amount of certain chemicals released from nerve cells in the brain. These chemicals are called monoamines and include noradrenaline, dopamine and serotonin.
Moclobemide may take between two to four weeks for the benefits of Moclobemide to appear, so it is very important that you keep taking it, even if it doesn't seem to make much difference at first.
Moclobemide prevents the action of this chemical, and so stops it from breaking down the monoamines. This results in an increased amount of active monoamines in the brain.
Moclobemide tablets contain the active ingredient moclobemide, which is a type of antidepressant known as a reversible inhibitor of monoamine oxidase type A .
By increasing the amount of monoamines in the brain, the imbalance of chemicals thought to cause depression is altered. This helps relieve depression.
Depression is a complicated disease that is not fully understood.
If you feel your depression has got worse, or if you have any distressing thoughts or feelings in these first few weeks, then you should talk to your doctor.
Moclobemide is prescribed for:
- Fear of social situations;
- Major depression;
Moclobemide side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Visual disturbances;
- Skin reactions such as rash and itch;
- Pins and needles;
- Excessive fluid retention in the body tissues, resulting in swelling;
- Dry mouth;
- Disturbed sleep;
- Disturbances of the gut such as diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain;
- Anxiety and restlessness;