Propoxyphene Drug Information
If you are experiencing mild to moderate pain, your healthcare provider may prescribe propoxyphene (Darvon®, Darvon-N®). This medicine is available in two different forms, propoxyphene hydrochloride capsules (Darvon) and propoxyphene napsylate tablets (Darvon-N).
This pain reliever is taken every four hours as needed for pain. However, it is important to not take more than 6 capsules or tablets in a 24-hour period.
As a type of narcotic, this medicine does carry the potential for abuse. For this reason, if your healthcare provider is considering prescribing propoxyphene, he or she will need information on any problems with drug or alcohol abuse that you have had in the past. This will help him or her determine if this pain reliever is truly the best drug for you.
Also, because this medication is particularly dangerous in the case of an overdose, propoxyphene may not be the best choice for people who have depression or suicidal tendencies.
(Click Propoxyphene for more information on this drug, including the differences between the two forms of this pain reliever, potential side effects, and what to do in cases of overdose.)