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Darvon Withdrawal

If you abruptly stop taking Darvon (propoxyphene hydrochloride), withdrawal symptoms are likely to occur. These symptoms will vary in intensity and may include sweating, diarrhea, insomnia, and nausea, to name a few. In order to limit withdrawal, your healthcare provider may slowly decrease your Darvon dose at a rate that helps minimize these often unpleasant (but not usually dangerous) symptoms.

An Overview of Darvon Withdrawal

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 pain medication. It is a narcotic, and people who stop taking it too quickly may experience withdrawal symptoms. Fortunately, withdrawal from Darvon does not usually cause life-threatening problems (unlike some other medications).

Withdrawal Symptoms of Darvon

Symptoms of Darvon withdrawal can vary in intensity and may include:
  • Goosebumps
  • Cravings for Darvon
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Shakiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Shivering
  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Upper respiratory symptoms, such as a runny nose.

Why Does Withdrawal Occur?

Over time, the body becomes accustomed to the effects of Darvon. If the drug is stopped too quickly, withdrawal symptoms may occur. Darvon withdrawal can occur with chronic, legitimate use of the drug, as well as with Darvon abuse. Withdrawal is a normal, predictable, and physical response to stopping medications like Darvon; it is not necessarily a sign of abuse (although it certainly is more likely to occur in cases of Darvon addiction).
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