Darvocet Dosage for Special SituationsIf your kidney or liver function is not optimal, your healthcare provider may decide to prescribe a lower dosage of Darvocet.
If you take other medications containing acetaminophen, it is critical to monitor your total acetaminophen intake. The maximum recommended dose of acetaminophen for healthy people is 4000 mg per day. Higher doses of acetaminophen increase the risk of serious liver damage. Make sure to watch for any other sources of acetaminophen, including other prescription pain relievers and many over-the-counter products, such as Tylenol®. To be safe, all other acetaminophen products should be avoided while you are taking Darvocet, unless you are extremely careful to limit your total acetaminophen use (from all sources added together) to 4000 mg per day.
Darvocet tablets are available in the following strengths:
- Darvocet-N 50 -- 50 mg of propoxyphene napsylate and 325 mg of acetaminophen
- Darvocet-N 100 -- 100 mg of propoxyphene napsylate and 650 mg of acetaminophen
- Darvocet A500 -- 100 mg of propoxyphene napsylate and 500 mg of acetaminophen.
Considerations for people taking Darvocet include the following:
- This medication comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth, often every four hours as needed for pain.
- It is probably best to take Darvocet with food, as it can be upsetting to the stomach.
- Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication (see Darvocet and Alcohol).
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval. Do not suddenly stop taking Darvocet, especially if you have taken it regularly for more than several weeks (see Darvocet Withdrawal).
- If you are unsure about anything related to your Darvocet dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.