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Problems With 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.
As with many other medications, Darvon® (propoxyphene hydrochloride) can sometimes cause problems. Some of the most common problems with Darvon include side effects, such as:
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness.
If side effects do occur, they tend to be minor and easy to treat. However, there are some potentially serious Darvon reactions that require immediate medical attention. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience problems such as:
  • Hallucinations
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Slow or irregular breathing.
(Click Darvon Side Effects for more information on possible problems that may occur while taking this medication, including details on when to contact your healthcare provider.)
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