Is it acceptable to take Levothyroxine with an MAO inhibitor?

Q. Can Levothyroxine be taken along with MAO inhibitor?

Answered by
Dr. Amrit Agarwal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 07, 2017 and last reviewed on: Jul 12, 2022

Hello doctor,

I am wondering if I can take Levothyroxine along with MAO inhibitor? Also, I have taken Etizolam for a sleep disorder, how long do I need to wait before I can take MAO inhibitor?



Welcome to

You can take Levothyroxine with MAO (monoamine oxidase) inhibitor.

The list of contraindicated drugs is as follows.

  1. Amphetamines.
  2. Cocaine.
  3. MDMA (3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine).
  4. Opiates.
  5. Barbiturates.
  6. Decongestants and allergy medications.
  7. Diet pills.
  8. Methylphenidate.
  9. Asthma inhalers.
  10. Meperidine.
  11. Levodopa.
  12. Dopamine.
  13. Carbamazepine.
  14. Certain antihypertensive medications.
  15. Sympathomimetic amines (direct and indirect acting) including pseudoephedrine and ephedrine.

MAO inhibitor after being stopped, show an increase of neural monoamine levels for 2 to 3 weeks.

Concomitant use of MAO inhibitor with Etizolam show side effects like sedation, dizziness, etc., but not fatal side effects are reported.

  • Also, if you want to stop the use of any drug, taper down to three-fourth of its dose for five days, then consecutively to half of its dose for seven days. Then reduce it further to one-fourth dose for ten days.
  • Meanwhile, do brisk walking or exercise daily for 20 minutes. That will cause the release of anti-stress hormone endorphins.
  • Also, indulge yourself in learning something new that will also cause the release of serotonin. Use of perfumes also leads to increase epinephrine levels, that are the hormones responsible for mood elevation and sound sleep.

For more information consult a pharmacologist online -->

Thank you, doctor,

That was very helpful. How long does it take for Etizolam to leave the body completely? I used to take it regularly, but have just taken two tablets of 0.5 mg, a week ago. Is my body already cleaned off it?



Welcome back to

  • Etizolam is a drug which has a hepatic metabolism, and its half-life is 6 to 8 hours. So, it is entirely washed out from the body within 16 to 18 hours maximum.
  • Yes, your body is cleared from Etizolam.

For further queries consult a pharmacologist online -->

Was this answer helpful?


Same symptoms doesn’t mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Related Questions:
What medicine should I avoid while taking Lithium and Quetiapine?

.. for depression (antidepressant drugs) interact with it. Do not take Lithium if you are taking medications for depression. Some of these medications include SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) like Fluoxetine and others in the same group, Ser   Read full

Kindly advise on the dose of Levothyroxine as I had a severe reaction for Nature-Thyroid?

.. good that you are off nature thyroid. Its responses are unpredictable and reactions are common. Levothyroxine is the best and the safest. It is good that you are back on Levothyroxine. I think you should just continue 88 mcg of Levothyroxine daily in t   Read full

What is the treatment option for Parkinson's disease other than Levodopa?

Such as Levodopa with Carbidopa (a peripheral decarboxylase inhibitor) is a good combination ... I had taken Levodopa/Carbidopa in all strengths and also Pramipexole in all strengths with no resu   Read full

Also Read Answers From:

Also Read

Improving the Health and Wellbeing of People Living With Neglected Tropical Diseases
Neglected tropical diseases can be efficiently treated with various cross-sectoral public health interventions to improve people's well-being. Read to know more.  Read more»
Holi Colors - Are They Safe?
Holi is known as the festival of colors. But are the colors worth playing with? Let us find out.  Read more»
Methods to Increase Breast Milk Production
Several measures can help mothers in increasing their breast milk production. Find out the correct way to breastfeed through this article.  Read more»

Ask your health query to a Wellness Expert online?

Ask a Pharmacologist Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.