Darvon Drug Class
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.
Darvon® (propoxyphene hydrochloride) is a prescription painkiller. Belonging to a class of drugs called centrally acting narcotics, Darvon works in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) rather than directly at the site of pain.
Darvon is classified as a controlled substance -- this means that strict laws and regulations surround the sale and use of this drug. As a narcotic, Darvon is a highly desired drug of abuse, and Darvon addiction can be a significant problem for many people.
Although Darvon is not as "strong" as most other narcotic pain relievers, it is particularly dangerous in the case of an overdose. As a result, Darvon is not usually a "first choice" for pain medication in most situations.
(To learn more about this particular class of drugs, click Darvon Uses. This article also tells you what you need to know about how Darvon works and who is allowed to take it.)