(-)-Deprenyl is a selective irreversible inhibitor of MAO-B. The parent compound is responsible for the enzyme inhibitory effect, but its metabolites are also playing a role in the complex pharmacological activity of the substance. In the present studies male NMRI mice were treated orally, subcutaneously, intraperitoneally and intravenously with 5mg/kg of (-)-deprenyl. The time related changes of the plasma concentrations of the parent compound and its main metabolites (methamphetamine, desmethyl-deprenyl and amphetamine) were determined by GC/ MSD technique. The main pharmacokinetic parameters (Cmax, tmax, t1/2 β, AUC 0-6, AUC0-∞) have been calculated. (-)-Deprenyl is well absorbed after oral and parental treatment. The peak concentrations (C max) were reached at 15 min after treatment and the absorption was followed by a fast elimination (t1/2 β ≤ 2h). (-)-Deprenyl has an intensive "first pass" metabolism after oral treatment; only 25% of the parent compound reaches the systemic circulation. Increased bioavailability was detected after subcutaneous (87.1%) and intraperitoneal (78.7%) administration. The main metabolic pathway of (-)-deprenyl is the N-depropargylation, leading to the formation of methamphetamine. N-demethylation of (-)-deprenyl leads to formation of desmethyl-deprenyl. Amphetamine is produced from both former metabolites. After oral treatment the plasma concentrations of methamphetamine are higher during the first 6 h than that of (-)-deprenyl, while the opposite was found after parental treatment. The results indicate, that (-)-deprenyl, a potent MAO-B inhibitor, might induce a different spectrum of activity (e.g. antidepressant), when it is administered parenterally (transdermally). The new spectrum can be due to the special pharmacokinetic behaviour of the inhibitor.