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MAO inhibitors: the forgotten antidepressant that saved my life

I had my first panic attack in 1972 when I was 20 years old and a student at the University of London. It took me 10 years to be diagnosed and another 15 years to find a medication that would help me. The medication is Nardil(phenelzine) and it is a monoamine oxidase inhibitor or MAOI, the oldest antidepressant.

The drug is rarely used anymore and most people, including young doctors and medical students, don't know much about it. If you've heard the term MAOI, it is probably in conjunction with an ad for a drug such as Prozac (fluoxetine) and the warning "don't take this drug if you are on an MAO inhibitor."

Nardil has saved me from a life of fear, shame, loneliness and isolation.…

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