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Problems With 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 narcotic drug used for treating mild-to-moderate pain, with or without a fever. Although most people respond well to this medication, it is possible to develop problems with Darvocet.
The most common side effects that have been reported with Darvocet include dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, and vomiting. Side effects of the medication are mild in most cases. However, certain side effects do require medical attention. Some of the potentially serious problems with Darvocet that should be reported to your healthcare provider include:
  • Hallucinations
  • Unexplained unpleasant feelings (dysphoria) or pleasant feelings (euphoria)
  • The urge to take more Darvocet than prescribed or for a non-medical purpose
  • Signs of liver damage, such as:


    • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice)
    • Dark urine
    • Upper-right abdominal pain (stomach pain)


  • Signs of kidney damage, such as:


    • Lower back or side pain
    • Bloody or cloudy urine
    • Greatly increased urination
    • Bladder control problems


  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:


    • An unexplained rash
    • Itching
    • Hives
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.


(Click Darvocet Side Effects to find out what other side effects may occur with Darvocet and for information on what you should do if these problems occur.)
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