Pharmacokinetics and Clinical Pharmacology of Selegiline

  • E. H. Heinonen
  • M. I. Anttila
  • R. A. S. Lammintausta
Part of the Milestones in Drug Therapy book series (MDT)


Selegiline (formerly called l-(—)-deprenyl) is a selective, irreversible inhibitor of monoamine oxidase (MAO) type B. In the human brain dopamine is metabolized via MAO-B [1]. By inhibiting this enzyme the dopamine concentration in the brain is increased [2]. Selegiline has also been shown to inhibit the uptake of dopamine and noradrenaline [3]. Due to these properties, selegiline is widely used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD) as either an adjuvant to levodopa therapy or alone in the early phase of the disease [4–6]. Preliminary results have suggested that selegiline may also alleviate the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease [7, 8]. High dosages (up to 50 mg daily) have been successfully used in the treatment of depression [9]. In the following the pharmacokinetics, metabolism, and interactions of selegiline will be reviewed.


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  • E. H. Heinonen
  • M. I. Anttila
  • R. A. S. Lammintausta

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