Darvocet has a significant potential for both psychological and physical dependence and abuse. In fact, it is classified as a controlled substance, meaning that there are special rules and regulations for prescribing and obtaining the medication.
Because the medication can be a desirable drug of abuse, people often try to buy it through illegal means, such as from foreign countries or online sources that do not require a prescription.
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General considerations 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 the medication 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).