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Precautions and Warnings With Propoxyphene

Who Should Not Take Propoxyphene?

You should not take propoxyphene if you:
 
  • Are allergic to propoxyphene, or any of the inactive components used to make the medication. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive components.
     
  • Have significant respiratory depression (slow or ineffective breathing due to a variety of causes) that is not treated.
     
  • Have severe asthma or are having an asthma attack.
     
  • Have high levels of carbon dioxide in the blood (hypercarbia).
     
  • Have a bowel obstruction (paralytic ileus).
     

Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations in which this drug should not be taken, as well as several safety concerns people should be aware of before starting treatment. However, it is possible that not all of the propoxyphene warnings and precautions were discussed in this article. Therefore, talk with your healthcare provider about the specific issues that may apply to you.
 
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