As with any medication, it is possible to take too much Darvocet (propoxyphene/acetaminophen). Symptoms of an overdose could include severe drowsiness, difficulty breathing, seizures, or an irregular heart rhythm. The acetaminophen component of Darvocet could also cause diarrhea, diarrhea, or liver failure in the case of an overdose. Since an overdose of Darvocet can be lethal within minutes, early treatment after an overdose of this medication is essential.
Darvocet® (propoxyphene/acetaminophen) is a prescription pain medicine that contains a narcotic. As with any medicine, it is possible to take too much Darvocet. The specific effects of an overdose can vary, depending on a number of factors, including the Darvocet dosage and whether it was taken with any other medications or substances.
Seek immediate medical attention if you or someone else may have overdosed on Darvocet. A Darvocet overdose can be lethal.
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.
People who take too much Darvocet may have overdose symptoms that could include:
- Severe drowsiness
- Difficulty breathing
- Blue skin
- Small pupils (initially), followed by wide pupils later
- An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Loss of life.
Additionally, the acetaminophen component of Darvocet may cause the following symptoms in the case of an overdose:
- Liver failure
- Yellowing of the whites of the eyes and skin (jaundice)
- Dark urine
- Loss of appetite
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Loss of life.
An overdose with Darvocet can be lethal within minutes. Because an overdose with this medication can be very dangerous, Darvocet should be used very cautiously in people with depression or suicidal tendencies.
Be sure to follow your Darvocet dosage instructions very carefully, in order to avoid an accidental overdose.