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For irreversible monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), see MAOI.

Reversible inhibitors of monoamine oxidase A (RIMAs) are a class of drugs which selectively and reversibly inhibit the enzyme monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A). They are used clinically in the treatment of depression and dysthymia, though they have not gained widespread market share due to limited efficacy relative to other antidepressants. Because of their reversibility and selectivity, RIMAs are safer than the older monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).[1]


For psychoactive MAO-A substance interactions (but not food interactions), see MAOI#Interactions.

While safer than general MAOIs, RIMAs still have highly dangerous and sometimes fatal interactions with many common drugs; in particular, they can cause serotonin syndrome or hypertensive crisis when combined with almost any antidepressant or stimulant, common migraine medications, certain herbs, or even most cold medicines (including decongestants, antihistamines, and cough syrup).

List of RIMAs


  • Moclobemide (trade names: Apo-Moclob, Apo-Moclobemide, Auromid, Aurorix, Bei Su, Biorix, Depnil, Eutac, Hai Bei Lin, Langtian, Manerix, Mobemid, Moclamine, Moclo A, Moclobemid - 1 A Pharma, Moclobemid AL, Moclobemid HEXAL, Moclobemid ratiopharm, Moclobemida, Moclobemida Genedec, Moclobemida Teva, Moclobemide Actavis, Moclobemide Aurobindo, Moclobemide CF, Moclobemide Mylan, Moclobemide Sandoz, Moclobemide Sopharma, Moclobemide Teva, Moclobemid-neuraxpharm, Moclobemid-ratiopharm, Moclobeta, Moclod, moclodura, Moclostad, Mocrim, Modafinil Arrow, Moklar, Teva-Moclobemide, Tian Tai, Ya Zheng, and Zorix[8])
  • Toloxatone (Humoryl) (available in France)


  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2833271/
  2. Massaro, E. J. (2002). Handbook of Neurotoxicology. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press. p. 237. ISBN 0-89603-796-7. 
  3. Kulkarni, SK; Bhutani, AK; Bishnoi, M. (3 September 2008). "Antidepressant activity of curcumin: involvement of serotonin and dopamine system". Psychopharmacology. 201 (3): 435–442. doi:10.1007/s00213-008-1300-y. PMID 18766332. 
  4. Kulkarni, S. K.; Dhir, A. (March 2010). "An Overview of Curcumin in Neurological Disorders". Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 72 (2): 149–154. doi:10.4103/0250-474X.65012. PMC 2929771Freely accessible. PMID 20838516. 
  5. "Curcumin and the MAO Inhibitor "Cheese Effect" from Tyramine Triggered Hypertension". EmediaHealth. 17 January 2012. Archived from the original on 30 March 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  6. Tomás Herraiz; Simon D. Brandt (July–August 2014). "5-(2-Aminopropyl)indole (5-IT): a psychoactive substance used for recreational purposes is an inhibitor of human monoamine oxidase (MAO)". Drug Testing and Analysis. 6 (7–8): 607–613. doi:10.1002/dta.1530. PMID 24115740. 
  7. Studies of Monoamine Oxidase and Semicarbazide-Sensitive Amine Oxidase II. Inhibition by α-Methylated Substrate-Analogue Monoamines, α-Methyltryptamine, α-Methylbenzylamine and Two Enantiomers of α-Methylbenzylamine | https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jphs1951/41/2/41_2_191/_article
  8. "Moclobemide International Brands". Drugs.com. Retrieved 3 June 2017. 

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