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How Does Darvocet Work?

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 drug approved to relieve mild-to-moderate pain, with or without a fever. Many people may wonder, "How does Darvocet work?" The medication contains two active ingredients that work in different ways.
 
Propoxyphene (one of the active ingredients in Darvocet) is classified as a mild, centrally acting, narcotic pain reliever. "Centrally acting" means that it works in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). Propoxyphene is chemically related to methadone.
 
The other active ingredient in Darvocet is acetaminophen (commonly known as "APAP"). It is a pain reliever and fever reducer commonly found in non-prescription medications such as Tylenol®. Adding acetaminophen to propoxyphene increases the effectiveness for relieving pain and also provides fever-reducing effects.
 
(Click Darvocet for more information on how Darvocet works, to find out what you should discuss with your healthcare provider before using this drug, and for a list of potential side effects of the medicine.)
 
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