Darvocet Pain Reliever
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 medicine used to relieve mild-to-moderate pain. There are two active ingredients in Darvocet: a pain reliever and fever reducer (acetaminophen) commonly found in over-the-counter drugs, and a narcotic (propoxyphene).
Propoxyphene works in the central nervous system and is chemically related to methadone. Adding acetaminophen to propoxyphene increases the pain-relieving effects and also provides fever-reducing properties. Darvocet comes in tablet form and is typically taken every four hours as needed for pain.
It is important to know that 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 Darvocet can be a desirable drug of abuse, people often try to buy Darvocet through illegal means, such as from foreign countries or online sources that do not require a prescription.
(Click Darvocet for more information on how the pain reliever Darvocet works, to learn about the warnings associated with the use of narcotics, and to find out what side effects may occur with this medication.)