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ASCP Corner

Why Aren’t MAOIs Used More Often?

Jan Fawcett

Published: January 15, 2009

Article Abstract

While I have spent most of my last 45 years in psychiatry
working in an academic setting and doing clinical research, I
have always had an active practice focused on major affective
disorders, especially treatment-resistant or treatment-refractory
cases. It is my impression that monoamine oxidase inhibitors
(MAOIs) are currently underutilized in the clinical practice of
psychiatry. Very few of the treatment-resistant patients that I
see have received a serious trial of MAOI therapy.

Volume: 70

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