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How Does Darvon Work?

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 reliever that can help treat mild-to-moderate pain caused by things like a surgery or a dental procedure. But how does Darvon work?
 
Darvon is classified as a centrally acting narcotic pain reliever, which means that it works in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), rather than directly at the site of the pain.
 
It is not considered as "strong" as most other narcotic pain relievers and is particularly dangerous in the case of overdoses. As a result, Darvon is not usually a "first choice" for pain medication in most situations.
 
(For more details on how this drug works, click Darvon. This article gives a comprehensive overview of this pain reliever, with details on what to do if you miss a dose, take too much, or develop side effects.)
 
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