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Can I use Fentora if I take rifabutin (Mycobutin)?

You can take Fentora (fentanyl), a morphine-like drug for breakthrough cancer pain, if you're on rifabutin (Mycobutin), used in the treatment of HIV and tuberculosis. But the two drugs do interact. Rifabutin makes Fentora less effective, because it speeds up the body's excretion of the pain drug. Still, with some careful tweaking of dosages, your doctor should be able to balance the two medicines so they are both effective.

Once this balance is achieved, it's very important not to stop taking either medicine without consulting with your doctor first. Stopping rifabutin while you're still on the same dose of Fentora puts you at risk for serious side effects, including a fatal overdose.

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