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As all of the patents for Darvon (propoxyphene hydrochloride) have expired, there are generic versions of the drug available. In fact, many pharmacies only carry generic Darvon products, as these generics are significantly less expensive and many insurance companies require people to use the generic products. If you have a legitimate need for brand-name Darvon, your pharmacy may be willing to stock this product.

Can I Buy Generic 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 pain medication. Like many other prescription pain medications, Darvon is a narcotic.
Brand-name Darvon is made by Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, Inc. However, because it is an older medication, the patents for Darvon have expired and generic versions are available.

Strengths of Generic Darvon

Generic Darvon is sold under the name "propoxyphene hydrochloride" and is only available in one strength -- 65 mg.

Who Makes the Generic Version?

A variety of different companies make generic Darvon, including:
  • Qualitest Pharmaceuticals
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • West-Ward Pharmaceuticals.
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