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Can I use Avinza if I take an MAO inhibitor?

You should not use the painkiller Avinza (morphine) if you use a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), such as tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), selegiline (Emsam, Eldepryl), procarbazine (Matulane) or isocarboxazid (Marplan). In fact, you shouldn't take Avinza until at least two weeks have passed since your last dose of an MAOI. These drugs increase Avinza's potency, which can cause overdose symptoms, including slow or shallow breathing, low blood pressure, seizures, shock, coma and even death. Before starting Avinza, it's critical that you let your doctor know if you've taken any MAOI medications.

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