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Can I use Fentora if I take phenelzine (Nardil)?

You can't use Fentora (fentanyl), a medication for treating breakthrough cancer pain, if you take the antidepressant phenelzine (Nardil). In fact, you can't start taking Fentora until at least two weeks have passed since your last dose of phenelzine. These two drugs dangerously interact. 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 phenelzine before you start taking Fentora. 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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