Monoamine oxidase inhibitors and elective surgery
Zeyd Y. Ebrahim, MDAddress reprint requests to Z.Y.E., Department of Anesthesia, H21, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195.
Jerome O’hara, MD
Lester Borden, MD
John Tetzlaff, MD
Monoamine oxidase inhibitor use is considered a contraindication for elective surgery. We reviewed 32 patients on a regimen of isocarboxazid 10 mg daily who underwent elective surgery. Their anesthetic management, postanesthesia outcome, and pharmacology are described.