In an open-label pilot study, 35 outpatients with social phobia (DSM-III-R) received moclobemide for 12 weeks. The dosing range was 300-600 mg/day. Eighteen patients completed the study and 28 received at least 4 weeks of treatment. There was a consistent improvement in the efficacy parameters. Moclobemide was effective in both major components of social phobia (fear and avoidance). Moclobemide seems as effective as conventional irreversible monoamine oxidase inhibitors. Tolerability was good apart from one occurrence of grand mal seizure.
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† GRP (Groupe de Recherche en Psychopharmacologie) included for this study: P. Le Goubey, M.D., P. Rigaud, M.D., E. Albert, M.D., L. Chneweiss, M.D., and P. Rioux, M.D.
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