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.
Darvocet® (propoxyphene/acetaminophen) is a prescription medication often used for the treatment of mild-to-moderate pain. It comes in tablet form and is typically taken every four hours as needed for pain.
To help ensure the safe use of a narcotic medicine such as Darvocet, drug information should be discussed with your healthcare provider before treatment begins. It is important to know that as a controlled substance, Darvocet has a significant potential for abuse. Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider before taking this medicine if you have depression, suicidal tendencies, or a history of alcohol or drug abuse.
As with any medication, it is possible to develop side effects while taking Darvocet. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with this drug include drowsiness, dizziness, vomiting, and nausea.
(Click Darvocet for more Darvocet drug information, including other potential side effects of the medicine, dosing guidelines, and important warnings and precautions.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Propoxyphene: Withdrawal -- Risk of Cardiac Toxicity (11/19/2010). FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm234389.htm. November 19, 2010.
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