The exact dose of Darvon you are prescribed will depend on factors such as how you respond to the medication, other medical conditions you may have, and other medications you are taking. Darvon comes in the form of a capsule and is taken every four hours as needed for pain. It is important not to take more than 6 capsules in 24 hours.
An Introduction to Dosing With Darvon
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.
The dose of Darvon® (propoxyphene hydrochloride) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to Darvon
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Darvon Dosage for PainThe standard recommended dose of Darvon for treating pain is one capsule (65 mg) every four hours as needed. Do not take more than 6 capsules in 24 hours.
If you have been taking Darvon on a long-term basis, it is probably best to stop taking it gradually, under the supervision of a healthcare provider. Stopping it too quickly could lead to unpleasant (although rarely dangerous) withdrawal symptoms. Typically, decreasing the dose by 25 to 50 percent each day works well.