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What is Darvocet?
Darvocet is a potent opioid pain medicine. It is a federally controlled substance (C-IV) because people who abuse prescription treatments or street drugs may use it.
It is essential to prevent its theft, misuse, or abuse by keeping it in a safe place and protect it from being stolen.
Strictly avoid giving Darvocet to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms that you experience. It may be harmful to them or even lead to death. It is against the law to sell or give away this medicine.
Darvocet may also find its usage for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the uses of Darvocet?
Darvocet comprises a combination of propoxyphene and acetaminophen. Propoxyphene belongs to a class of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever, and it reduces fever that increases the effects of propoxyphene.
Darvocet is used to relieve mild to moderate pain with or without fever.
How does Darvocet work?
Even at recommended doses, Darvocet causes considerable changes to the heart’s electrical activity, viewable on an ECG (electrocardiogram). A change in the heart’s electrical activity can cause severe heart problems, including sudden death.
What to know before using Darvocet?
Avoid using Darvocet if you are allergic to acetaminophen (Tylenol) or propoxyphene. Propoxyphene may be habit-forming and should be taken only by the person whom the doctor prescribes. Never share Darvocet with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Do not use Darvocet if you have taken an MAO inhibitor such as Furoxone, Azilect, Marplan, Nardil, or Parnate in the last 14 days. Serious side effects could occur due to a dangerous drug interaction.
To make sure you can safely take Darvocet, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- COPD, asthma, sleep apnea, or other breathing ailments
- Kidney or liver disease
- A history of head injury or brain tumor
- A gallbladder or pancreas disorder
- A stomach or intestinal disease
- Mental illness, or drug/alcohol addiction history
- Suicidal thoughts or behavior
Inform your doctor if you drink more than three alcoholic beverages per day or have ever had alcoholic liver disease (cirrhosis). You may not be able to take medication that contains acetaminophen.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is unknown whether Darvocet is harmful to an unborn baby, but it could cause breathing problems or addiction/withdrawal symptoms in a newborn. Inform your doctor about your pregnancy or if you plan to become pregnant during treatment. Acetaminophen and propoxyphene can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use Darvocet without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Take Darvocet precisely as your doctor prescribes. Avoid taking in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than your doctor recommends. Follow the directions on the medicine’s prescription label. Inform your doctor if the drug seems to stop working in relieving your pain effectively.
An overdose of this medicine can damage your liver. Adults should avoid taking more than 1 gram (1000 mg) of acetaminophen per dose or 4 grams (4000 mg) per day. If you have a habit of taking more than three alcoholic beverages per day, you should always avoid using more than 2 grams (2000 mg) of acetaminophen per day. Abruptly stopping the use of Darvocet may cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Consult your doctor on how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you discontinue using Darvocet. If you are undergoing any surgery, tell the surgeon in advance that you are using Darvocet. You may need to stop taking medicine for a short while.
Store Darvocet at room temperature away from heat and moisture. It is essential to keep a note of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Darvocet is a drug of abuse, and you should be aware if anyone is misusing your medication or without a prescription.
Darvocet side effects
Seek emergency medical assistance if you experience signs of an allergic reaction to Codeine, including hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your throat, face, lips, or tongue. You should consult your doctor straight away in the event of a severe side effect such as:
- Chest pain, shortness of breath
- Shallow breathing, slow heart rate, feeling like you might pass out.
- Confusion, unusual thoughts, or behavior
- Seizure (convulsions)
- Stomach pain, nausea, appetite loss, itching, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin)
Less serious Darvocet side effects include:
- Dry mouth
- Dizziness or drowsiness
- Mild nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, constipation
- Headache, blurred vision
It is not a complete list of side effects, and others may occur. Consult your doctor for medical guidance about side effects. You may consider reporting the side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.