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Propoxyphene Uses

Propoxyphene is prescribed to treat mild to moderate pain in adults. For example, a healthcare provider can use propoxyphene to treat short-term pain, such as after a surgery or dental procedure, as well as for long-term pain relief. The medicine is also used for relieving pain in people who cannot take acetaminophen, which is found in combination with many other narcotics.

What Is Propoxyphene Used For?

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.
Propoxyphene (Darvon®, Darvon-N®) is a prescription pain medication. It is approved for the treatment of mild-to-moderate pain. It is not strong enough to treat severe pain. Propoxyphene can be used for both short-term pain (such as after a surgery or dental procedure) or for long-term pain control.
Propoxyphene is rarely the first choice of pain reliever for most healthcare providers, largely because it is especially dangerous in the case of an overdose (and because it is considered a fairly weak narcotic). However, it can be useful in certain individuals, such as people who cannot take acetaminophen (as many narcotics come in combination with acetaminophen) or people who have been taking the drug for quite a while (and have responded well to it).

How Does Propoxyphene Work?

Propoxyphene is classified as a centrally acting narcotic pain reliever. "Centrally-acting" means that it works in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), rather than directly at the site of the pain.
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