What are the benefits of using MAO-B inhibitors (selegiline and rasagiline) in the treatment of Parkinson disease (PD)?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Hauser, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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MAO-B inhibitors, such as selegiline and rasagiline, may be used for early symptomatic treatment of Parkinson disease. These medications provide mild symptomatic benefit, have excellent adverse effect profiles, and may improve long-term outcomes. These characteristics make MAO-B inhibitors a good choice as initial treatment for many patients. When the MAO-B inhibitor alone is not sufficient to provide good control of motor symptoms, another medication (eg, a dopamine agonist or levodopa) can be added.


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