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Moclobemide is used primarily to treat depression and social phobia or anxiety.

How it works

Moclobemide is an antidepressant that belongs to a group of medicines called monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors. It works by increasing the levels of certain important chemical messengers in the brain thereby treating the disease symptoms.

Common side effects

Anxiety, Confusion, Dizziness, Eyesight changes, Headache, Insomnia


Expert advice

  • Before taking Moclobemide, inform your doctor if you have overactive thyroid, liver disease or if you suffer from bipolar disorder (manic depression) or if you have ever thought about, or tried to harm or kill yourself.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you feel that you are developing suicidal thoughts or actions or any unusual change in mood or behavior.
  • Do not stop taking Moclobemide even if you feel well, as doing so may worsen your symptoms.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery while on Moclobemide therapy as it may cause dizziness.Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant or if you are breast-feeding.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is Moclobemide addictive?
Moclobemide is non addictive. 
Q. Is Moclobemide a sedative? 
Moclobemide has no sedative properties. 
Q. Which neurotransmitter does Moclobemide target?
Moclobemide targets norepinephrine, serotonin and, to a lesser extent, dopamine neurotransmitter. 
Q. Does Moclobemide cause weight gain/ anxiety/ acne?
Moclobemide may cause these side effects. Call your doctor if you experience any unusual problems during your treatment.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)