Darvon Warnings and Precautions
Specific Warnings and Precautions With DarvonSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this painkiller include the following:
- Darvon contains a narcotic medication and has a significant potential for abuse. It is not a good choice for people who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse. Do not take the drug more frequently, longer, or at a higher dose than prescribed. If you feel you may be developing a problem with Darvon, please seek help from your healthcare provider.
- An overdose (either accidental or intentional) with Darvon can be extremely dangerous. In some cases, an overdose can be lethal within 15 minutes. Make sure to follow your Darvon dosage instructions very carefully and do not exceed the recommended amount. Because it is very dangerous in the case of an overdose, Darvon should be prescribed cautiously to people with depression or suicidal tendencies (see Darvon Overdose for more information).
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Darvon affects you. Your reflexes and reaction times may be significantly affected, even if you feel fine.
- The medication can cause problems in people with head injuries or high intracranial pressure. Darvon should only be used with extreme caution in such circumstances.
- Darvon can cause slow and irregular breathing, especially at high doses. In severe situations, this may cause life-threatening complications. This may be especially dangerous in people with lung problems.
- Darvon can cause a decrease in blood pressure, which can be especially dangerous if you already have low blood pressure or are prone to low blood pressure. Let your healthcare provider know if you experience signs of low blood pressure, such as lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting.
- Like any other narcotic, Darvon can cause dizziness and drowsiness, and may increase the risk of falls in elderly people.
- Darvon can potentially interact with several other medications (see Darvon Drug Interactions).
- Darvon is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Darvon and Pregnancy).
- Darvon passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Darvon and Breastfeeding).