Forty-one patients meeting DSM-III criteria for social phobia completed a randomized comparative trial of the monoamine oxidase inhibitor phenelzine, the cardioselective β-adrenergic blocker atenolol, and placebo. No significant differences were seen after 4 weeks of treatment in this preliminary trial. At the end of 8 weeks, however, phenelzine demonstrated greater efficacy than atenolol or placebo on dimensional ratings of overall severity of social phobia. No atenolol-placebo differences were observed. The authors shall present maintenance and discontinuation findings in a final report. Phenelzine may act in patients with social phobia by directly reducing interpersonal hypersensitivity.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Clinical Psychiatry|
|State||Published - 1988|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health