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 medication used to treat mild-to-moderate pain, with or without a fever. It contains two different medications, acetaminophen (Tylenol®) and propoxyphene napsylate (Darvon-N®), and is classified as a controlled substance.
The medicine is used both for short-term pain (such as after a surgery or dental procedure) or for long-term pain control. Because it contains a narcotic, many healthcare providers like to limit Darvocet use to the shortest period of time possible.
Many prescription drugs are often used "off-label" to treat conditions other than their approved uses. However, there are currently no universally accepted off-label Darvocet indications.
(Click Darvocet Uses for more information about Darvocet indications and to find out how this medication works for pain control.)