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Propoxyphene Oral

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.
Available only by prescription, propoxyphene (Darvon®, Darvon-N®) is a medication used to treat mild-to-moderate pain. It is generally taken every four hours as needed. The medicine works in the spinal cord and brain, rather than directly at the site of pain.
As an oral medication, propoxyphene should be taken with food in order to help prevent stomach upset. It is important to follow your healthcare provider's instructions carefully with regard to dosing. Do not increase or decrease your dose without specific approval and supervision.
This pain reliever is particularly dangerous in the case of an overdose. It is important not to take more than 6 propoxyphene capsules or tablets in a 24-hour period.
(Click Propoxyphene to learn more about this oral medicine, including abuse potential, possible side effects, other safety precautions, and what to tell the healthcare provider prescribing it.)
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