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 medication often prescribed for the treatment of mild-to-moderate pain. It contains a narcotic and is classified as a controlled substance.
In order to help ensure the safe use of Darvocet, dangers associated with the use of narcotic medications should be discussed with your healthcare provider. It is important to know that Darvocet has a significant potential for abuse and is not a good choice for people who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse. You should never take the drug more frequently, longer, or at a higher dose than prescribed. A Darvocet overdose (either accidental or intentional) can be extremely dangerous and could be lethal within 15 minutes.
It is also important to be aware of potential side effects of Darvocet. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with this medicine include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and drowsiness. In most cases, when side effects do occur, they are mild and either do not require medical attention or can be treated easily.
(Click Darvocet Side Effects and Darvocet Warnings and Precautions to learn about other potential Darvocet dangers, including other possible side effects of the medication.)