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 approved to treat mild-to-moderate pain, with or without a fever. It contains two different medications -- propoxyphene napsylate (a narcotic) and acetaminophen (a pain reliever and fever reducer commonly found in over-the-counter drugs).
Generally, Darvocet pills are taken every four hours as needed for pain. It is important to avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medicine (as potentially serious interactions could occur), and it is probably best to take Darvocet with food (as it can upset the stomach).
As with any medication, it is possible to develop side effects while taking Darvocet. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with this drug include nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, and dizziness. In most cases, side effects of Darvocet are minor and either do not require treatment or can be treated easily.
(Click Darvocet for more detailed information on when and how to take Darvocet pills, to find out how this medication works, and for a list of warnings and precautions for this drug.)