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Can I use Actiq if I am taking phenelzine?

You should not take Actiq if you are taking phenelzine (brand name: Nardil). Actiq is an opiate lozenge used to treat breakthrough cancer pain. Phenelzine is a specific type of antidepressant called an MAO inhibitor. Using Actiq while on any MAO inhibitor can cause unpredictable and possible severe changes in how your body responds. You should stop taking any MAO inhibitor at least 14 days before starting to use Actiq. Tell your doctor that you are using phenelzine—as well as any other drug or supplement you're taking. He or she may prescribe a different medication to treat depression. Actiq can cause depressive symptoms in some people as a side effect, so it's important that you continue to get proper treatment for your depression as you deal with cancer pain.

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