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Is Darvon a Narcotic?

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.
If your healthcare provider prescribes Darvon® (propoxyphene hydrochloride) to help relieve your pain, it is important to know how this drug works and what to expect during treatment. For example, is Darvon a narcotic?
Yes -- Darvon is a type of 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. As a type of controlled substance and narcotic, Darvon has some potential for both psychological and physical dependence and abuse.
Although there are special rules and regulations for prescribing and obtaining the medication, people sometimes buy it through illegal means, such as from foreign countries or online sources that do not require a prescription. This is unwise, as it increases the risk of getting a substandard or dangerous product.
(For more information on this narcotic drug, click Darvon. This article provides an in-depth overview of the drug, including information on its specific uses, safety precautions, and potential side effects.)
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