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What Is Darvocet Used For?

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 narcotic medication that is available by prescription only. Many people may wonder, "What is Darvocet used for?"
The medicine is used to treat mild-to-moderate pain, with or without a fever. It contains two different medications, acetaminophen (Tylenol®) and propoxyphene napsylate (Darvon-N®). Darvocet is used both for short-term pain (such as after a surgery or dental procedure) and for long-term pain control. Because it contains a narcotic, many healthcare providers like to limit Darvocet use to the shortest period of time possible.
Darvocet has not been adequately studied in children under 12 years of age and is, therefore, not recommended for this age group.
(Click Darvocet Uses for more information on what Darvocet is used for, to find out how the medicine works, and to learn about any possible off-label uses for the drug.)
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