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 approved for relieving mild-to-moderate pain. It is important to talk to your healthcare provider about Darvocet risks, as the medication is a controlled substance that has the potential to be abused.
Darvocet is not a good choice for people who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse. You should not take the drug more frequently, longer, or at a higher dose than prescribed. An overdose (either accidental or intentional) with Darvocet can be extremely dangerous and could, in some cases, be lethal within 15 minutes. Because it is very dangerous in the case of an overdose, Darvocet should be prescribed cautiously to people with depression or suicidal tendencies.
A number of side effects have been reported with Darvocet. Some of the most common problems that were reported during clinical studies include drowsiness, dizziness, vomiting, and nausea. Since only vague side effect information is available for Darvocet, it can be difficult to know exactly how common (or how rare) the side effects of this medication may be.
(Click Darvocet Side Effects and Darvocet Warnings and Precautions for more information about potential risks of Darvocet and to find out what other side effects have been reported with this drug.)