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Who Makes 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 medication licensed to reduce pain caused by various situations, such as after a surgery or dental procedure.
Who makes this drug? Brand-name Darvon is manufactured by Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, Inc. There are also generic versions of this drug available, which are manufactured by several different companies, including:
  • Qualitest Pharmaceuticals
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • West-Ward Pharmaceuticals.
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.
There is only one strength of Darvon available (for both brand-name and generic versions of the drug) -- 65 mg capsules.
(Click Darvon and Generic Darvon to learn about this medication, including who can take it, general safety precautions, and what to expect during treatment.)
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