Advertisement

Can I use Fentora if I take carbamazepine?

You can take Fentora (fentanyl), a morphine-like drug for breakthrough cancer pain, if you use the antiseizure drug carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Epitol, Tegretol), although the two drugs do interact. Carbamazepine makes a standard dose of Fentora less effective in controlling pain, because it speeds up the body's excretion of the pain drug. But your doctor should be able to find the right balance between the two medicines so they are both effective, although it may take some tweaking of doses. Once this balance is achieved, you should not stop taking either medicine without consulting with your doctor first. Going off carbamazepine while you're still taking the same dose of Fentora puts you at risk for serious side effects, including a fatal overdose.

Continue Learning about Opiate Agonists

How should I get rid of unused opioid medication?
Travis M. Hendry, MDTravis M. Hendry, MD
Get rid of unused opioid medication (strong medications that affect the way your brain handles pain ...
More Answers
What should I know before taking opioids?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Before prescribing an opioid for low back pain, your doctor should order a urine test to check for o...
More Answers
What are the symptoms of opioid medication withdrawal?
UCLA HealthUCLA Health
Someone who is going through opioid withdrawal will experience a terrible feeling of pain, joint ach...
More Answers
Who is at risk for breathing problems caused by opioid medication?
Travis M. Hendry, MDTravis M. Hendry, MD
Opioid therapy can decrease your breathing, especially during sleep. This problem, called respir...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.