Methadone and Fluconazole Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • A 60-year-old man with advanced gastric cancer achieved good pain control on a stable dose of methadone for 10 days. However, he developed respiratory depression 2 days after intravenous fluconazole was administrated for refractory oral candidiasis. Intravenous naloxone effectively reversed the respiratory depression. This case illustrates a significant interaction between methadone and fluconazole, and highlights the need for awareness of potential interactions between drugs used in palliative care.

publication date

  • February 2002