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Darvon Pain Reliever

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.
As a prescription pain reliever, Darvon® (propoxyphene hydrochloride) can help treat mild-to-moderate pain. It is only approved for use in adults, as its effects have not been adequately studied in children. The medicine comes in the form of a capsule and is typically taken as needed every four hours as needed (but not to exceed 6 capsules in 24 hours).
This pain reliever may not be suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with Darvon, be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have any other medical conditions, such as:
  • Depression
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • A history of drug or alcohol dependence.
Because Darvon can cause physical and psychological dependence, you should not stop taking it suddenly or without your healthcare provider's approval and supervision. If the medication is stopped abruptly, it can cause withdrawal symptoms.
(Click Darvon to learn more about how this drug is used to relieve pain. This article also covers possible side effects and offers tips for ensuring an effective treatment process.)
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