Generic Darvon

As all of the patents for Darvon (propoxyphene hydrochloride) have expired, there are generic versions of the drug available. In fact, many pharmacies only carry generic Darvon products, as these generics are significantly less expensive and many insurance companies require people to use the generic products. If you have a legitimate need for brand-name Darvon, your pharmacy may be willing to stock this product.

Can I Buy Generic Darvon?

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. Like many other prescription pain medications, Darvon is a narcotic.
Brand-name Darvon is made by Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, Inc. However, because it is an older medication, the patents for Darvon have expired and generic versions are available.

Strengths of Generic Darvon

Generic Darvon is sold under the name "propoxyphene hydrochloride" and is only available in one strength -- 65 mg.

Who Makes the Generic Version?

A variety of different companies make generic Darvon, including:
  • Qualitest Pharmaceuticals
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • West-Ward Pharmaceuticals.

Can I Get "Real" Darvon?

Many (if not most) pharmacies do not carry brand-name Darvon. Generic Darvon is significantly less expensive, and many insurance companies require people to use the generic products. If you are willing to pay full price, your pharmacy may be willing to stock brand-name Darvon for you.
However, many healthcare providers view requests for brand-name narcotics as a sign of abuse or diversion (selling the drugs to someone else), because brand-name drugs of abuse usually have a higher street value than their generic versions.
In many situations, a request for a brand-name drug of abuse instead of a generic may arouse your healthcare provider's suspicions. However, if you have a legitimate need for the brand-name product (such as a true and documented allergy to an inactive ingredient in a generic product), do not hesitate to discuss this with your healthcare provider.
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