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.
Before you start taking Darvocet, information regarding the safety of narcotic use should be discussed with your healthcare provider. It is important to know that controlled substances such as Darvocet have a significant potential for both psychological and physical dependence and abuse. This medication may not be a good choice for people who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse.
Although most people seem to tolerate Darvocet well, as with any medication, side effects are possible. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with this medicine include vomiting, nausea, drowsiness, and dizziness.
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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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