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Generic Brand of Darvocet

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 pain reliever that contains a narcotic drug and is classified as a controlled substance. Besides brand-name Darvocet, there is also a generic brand of Darvocet licensed for sale.
Generic Darvocet is sold under the name "propoxyphene napsylate and acetaminophen" and is often abbreviated as "propoxyphene/APAP" or "propoxyphene-N/APAP" (in order to fit the drug name on a prescription label). It is available in the following strengths:
  • Propoxyphene napsylate and acetaminophen 50/325 mg -- 50 mg of propoxyphene napsylate and 325 mg of acetaminophen
  • Propoxyphene napsylate and acetaminophen 10/650 mg -- 100 mg of propoxyphene napsylate and 650 mg of acetaminophen
  • Propoxyphene napsylate and acetaminophen 10/500 mg -- 100 mg of propoxyphene napsylate and 500 mg of acetaminophen.
Many (if not most) pharmacies do not carry brand-name Darvocet. Generic Darvocet is significantly less expensive, and many insurance companies require people to use the generic products. If you are willing to pay full price (as your insurance will probably not cover brand-name Darvocet), your pharmacy may be willing to stock brand-name Darvocet for you.
(Click Generic Darvocet for more information about the generic brand of Darvocet, including a list of manufacturers for these products and information on the difference between generic and brand-name versions of Darvocet.)
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