Darvon / Darvocet FAQ
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Q: What is Darvocet?
A: Darvocet (propoxyphene) is a prescription pain medication used to relieve mild to moderate pain.
Q: Are there any special instructions for taking Darvocet?
A: Darvocet should be taken exactly as directed. Patients are also warned that Darvocet can be habit-forming.
Q: Has there been any recent news about Darvocet?
A: Recently, Public Citizen, a national non-profit consumer advocacy organization, petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately begin phasing out Darvon (Darvocet) products from the market. Public Citizen alleges that the drug has been associated with more than 2,000 accidental deaths, is physically addictive, and is no more effective than safer alternatives. Click here to read more from Public Citizen.
Q: Are there any serious health risks associated with Darvocet?
A: Darvocet in high doses (taken by itself or in combination with other drugs) has been associated with drug-related deaths. Do not take Darvocet in combination with other drugs that cause drowsiness -- such as alcohol, tranquilizers, sleep aids, antidepressants, or antihistamines. Do not take a larger dose of Darvocet, take it more often, or for a longer period than told by your healthcare professional or than prescribed. Call your healthcare professional immediately if you experience difficulty breathing after taking Darvocet.
Q: What are the side effects associated with Darvocet?
A: Side effects associated with Darvocet are not common. However, you should tell your healthcare professional if you experience any of the following symptoms severely and/or persistently: dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, upset stomach, vomiting, constipation, stomach pain, skin rash, mood changes, or headache.
Q: What should I tell my healthcare professional before he or she prescribes Darvocet?
A: Before taking Darvocet, tell your healthcare professional if you are allergic to propoxyphene (Darvocet) or any other drugs; if you have or ever had liver or kidney disease; if you have a history of alcoholism; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell your healthcare professional and/or dental healthcare professional if you are taking Darvocet.
Q: Are there any interactions between Darvocet and other drugs or foods?
A: Darvocet and certain other medicines can interact with each other. Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take - including prescription and non-prescription medicines. Be sure to tell your healthcare professional if you take: other pain relievers; anticoagulants ('blood-thinners'), such as warfarin (Coumadin); antidepressants; antihistamines; medications for cough, cold, or allergies; muscle relaxants; sedatives; seizure medications; sleeping pills; tranquilizers; or vitamins.
Talk to your healthcare professional before drinking alcohol while taking Darvocet, since alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by Darvocet.
Q: What should I do if I think I have been injured as a result of taking Darvocet?
A: If you or a loved one have experienced any dangerous symptoms or unusual medical conditions while taking Darvocet, you should first contact your doctor or other healthcare professional. You may also wish to meet with an experienced attorney to discuss your options and to protect your right to a legal remedy for any injuries caused by Darvocet use.
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