In November 2010, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) withdrew all medications that contain propoxyphene from the market. It has been determined that the risks of propoxyphene outweigh the possible benefits. In particular, the FDA was concerned about the drug's ability to cause serious changes in the heart rhythm, even at normal doses. Pharmacies will no longer sell this medication, and people who take it should stop and ask their healthcare provider for a more suitable pain medication.
Darvocet® (propoxyphene/acetaminophen) is a prescription pain medication. Because the drug contains a narcotic, it has the potential to be abused. Darvocet abuse and addiction can be extremely dangerous, as taking more of this drug than recommended can result in breathing problems, extreme drowsiness, coma, and even death.
Healthcare providers who prescribe or dispense Darvocet often watch for certain signs of addiction and abuse, such as:
- Asking for brand-name Darvocet (which usually has a higher "street" value).
- Asking for pink generic Darvocet, which usually has a higher "street" value compared to white generic Darvocet tablets (there are no other important difference between white and pink Darvocet, other than the color).
- Going through a Darvocet prescription too quickly (and needing refills before they are due).
- "Doctor shopping," which is seeing several different healthcare providers to obtain numerous Darvocet prescriptions or switching from one provider to another.
- Repeated reports of losing a prescription, having a prescription stolen, or needing a prescription early to go on vacation.
(Click Darvocet Addiction to learn more about the dangers of Darvocet abuse, for a list of other signs of addiction, and to find out where you can get help for abuse or addiction.)