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Can I use Fentora if I am taking a MAO inhibitor?

You can't use Fentora (fentanyl), a medication for treating breakthrough cancer pain, if you take any of the antidepressants known as MAO inhibitors, such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar) or tranylcypromine (Parnate). In fact, you can't start Fentora until at least two weeks have passed since your last dose of any MAO inhibitor.

MAO inhibitors dangerously interact with Fentora -- when taken at the same time, they put you at high risk for shock, seizure, coma, low blood pressure and a potentially fatal slowdown of breathing. Work out a plan with your doctor to stop your MAO inhibitor before you start Fentora, and ask about substituting a newer type of antidepressant, such as nefazodone (Serzone), fluvoxamine (Luvox) or fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), Although these types of antidepressants can also interact with Fentora, the risks can usually be lessened when you work closely with your doctor to find the right doses of each.

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