Propoxyphene, the narcotic in Darvocet, is actually considered to be a weak narcotic. It is chemically similar to methadone (a very powerful narcotic) but is far less potent. Darvocet is generally considered to be a relatively weak painkiller. However, it should not be viewed as a "harmless" drug. Although it has less abuse potential compared to many other narcotics, Darvocet abuse is a very real and fairly common problem (see Darvocet Addiction for more information).
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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