Darvon Pain Medicine
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 drug used to control mild-to-moderate pain. It is not considered as "strong" as most other narcotic pain relievers; however, it is particularly dangerous in the case of overdoses. As a result, Darvon is not usually a "first choice" for pain medication in most situations.
Darvon works in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), rather than directly at the site of the pain. It comes in the form of a capsule, and is taken every four hours as needed for pain relief. Although most people tolerate it well, Darvon is not suitable for everyone. Possible side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, and nausea, among others.
(For more details on this pain medicine, click Darvon. This article discusses other potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, possible overdose symptoms, and more.)