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Re: social anxiety-HELP!!! (Follow-up to Kevin)

Posted by Rick on November 30, 1999, at 13:47:22

In reply to Re: social anxiety-HELP!!!, posted by Kevin on November 30, 1999, at 12:29:38

Yes, moclobemide (Manerix is the brand in Canada and the UK) may be worth trying at some point. Like so many meds, it seems to have helped some people a lot, helped others moderately, and was ineffective for the rest. The general consensus (both research and anecdotally) seems to be that it's generally not as effective for severe Social Phobia as the "Cheese Effect"-type MAOI's like Nardil. But who knows, it could turn out to be great help for you if given enough time to kick in.

I know that U.S. citizens CAN legally import Manerix from Canada, but I'm not sure of the process. I have a feeling your local pdoc can procure it for you from a Canadian pharmacist.

Also, Moclobemide *is* a NON-selective MAOI just like Nardil, since it helps preserve both serotonin and dopamine. What eliminates the food/drug restrictions (and may make it less potent) is that its effects are *reversible*, unlike non-reversible MAOI's like Nardil, Parnate, and Marplan.

While I'm confident I've got the facts straight here, there are other posters who could better explain the details surrounding selectivity, reversibility, and how to get Manerix over the border.


> ** I think the first thing for you to do- if you haven't already- is to cut out the herb dude- it drastically exacerbates social anxiety.
> As far as MOAI's go, Manerix (Moclobemide)is supposedly efficacious for social phobia. This is what they call a selctive MAOI, which has far fewer side effects and dietary interactions than the older versions. But If you are an American, I don't think you can get it. I know nothing else about this drug. (N.B., anyone with pertinent info or experiences please E-mail at once.




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