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Can I use Actiq if I am taking selegiline?

You should not use Actiq if you're taking selegiline (brand names: Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar). Actiq is an opiate lozenge for relieving breakthrough cancer pain. Selegiline, used to treat Parkinson's disease and depression, is a kind of medication called an MAO inhibitor. Using Actiq while on an MAO inhibitor can cause unpredictable and possibly severe reactions. You should stop taking MAO inhibitors 14 days before starting to use Actiq. Tell your doctor about every medication and supplement you are taking, including selegiline.

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