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Can I use Actiq if I am taking MAO inhibitors?

It is not safe to take Actiq (fentanyl) if you're taking MAO inhibitors. The combination can lead to a fatal reaction. Actiq is a synthetic opiate lozenge used to treat breakthrough cancer pain in patients who are already using opiate-type narcotics for pain. MAO inhibitors are an older class of antidepressants. Taking MAO inhibitors may cause an unpredictable and severe increase in the effects of Actiq. That is why you should stop taking MAO inhibitors at least 14 days before you start taking Actiq.

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