Parkinsonism induced by a monoamine oxidase inhibitor

Postgrad Med J. 1986 Mar;62(725):235-6. doi: 10.1136/pgmj.62.725.235.


A parkinsonian syndrome developed 5 weeks after administration of phenelzine in a 42 year old woman with major depressive illness. Discontinuation of this agent resulted in gradual disappearance of the extrapyramidal syndrome. Possible underlying mechanisms for this unusual case are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Parkinson Disease, Secondary / chemically induced*
  • Phenelzine / adverse effects*


  • Phenelzine