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What Is 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 narcotic medication that is approved for treating mild to moderate pain in adults. Rather than working directly at the site of the pain, Darvon works in the brain and spinal cord. This drug is not typically a "first-choice" pain reliever, as it is considered a weak narcotic and is particularly dangerous in the case of an overdose.
Darvon comes in the form of a capsule and is taken once every four hours as needed for pain. It is important not to take more than 6 capsules in 24 hours.
(Click Darvon to learn more about what Darvon is and how it works to relieve pain. This article also covers potential side effects, dosing guidelines, and safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
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