Darvocet and Soma
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 narcotic pain medication often prescribed to treat mild-to-moderate pain. A number of medicines can potentially interact with this narcotic. It is generally recommended that you do not combine Darvocet and Soma® (carisoprodol), a muscle relaxant.
Taking Darvocet in combination with any other medications that cause drowsiness (including muscle relaxants) can increase your risk of side effects, such as confusion, memory loss, or difficulty breathing. Other serious side effects, such as dangerously low blood pressure, may also occur. It is important that you talk to your healthcare provider before taking this medication with Soma.
(Click Darvocet Drug Interactions to learn more about the interaction between Darvocet and Soma, for a more complete list of drugs that may cause an interaction, and to find out what problems may occur as a result of these interactions.)