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Darvon and Children

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.
If you have mild-to-moderate pain, you may benefit from Darvon® (propoxyphene hydrochloride). This medication is only available with a prescription and comes in the form of a capsule. It is only approved for use in adults.
Using this drug in children under the age of 18 is not approved, as Darvon has not been adequately studied in this age group. Darvon would be an unusual choice for a child or adolescent, as much more appropriate pain medications are available for these age groups.
(For more information on using this drug in children, click Darvon Uses. This article also discusses how Darvon works and whether there are off-label uses of the medication.)
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