Although the FDA pulled all drugs containing the ingredient propoxyphene, including Darvocet from the market in 2010, the effects of the drug are still being felt. Despite being unavailable in the U.S. and Europe, many people have resorted to purchasing the drug in Mexico or from other countries or from illegal online pharmacies.
For many years, physicians prescribed Darvocet, a combination of acetaminophen and propoxyphene, for slight to moderate pain because it was believed to have relatively minimal side effects and was considered to be less addictive than other opiates including Codeine. However, research revealed that the drug proved to be not only highly addictive, but also presented a number of dangerous side effects and long-term damage.
Indications and Effects
There are indications to help with identifying that a loved one has an addiction to Darvocet or another prescription pain killer. For example:
- The individual may become defensive when questioned about the amount of drugs they are taking.
- It is not uncommon for household chores and personal hygiene to be neglected, as well as the financial obligations to go awry.
- They may struggle with maintaining their day to day responsibilities and schedules.
Individuals with addiction to Darvocet may have the following symptoms:
- Cold, sticky skin
- Abdominal pain/constipation
- Flu like symptoms
- Chest pain
Taking excessive amounts of the drug can affect the central nervous system and lead to depression. Acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) has been linked to liver and kidney disease. As the body becomes toxic from overuse, the result is organ damage and failure. Combining the drug with alcohol or other medications, especially antihistamines, can be extremely dangerous as alcohol may increase sedation effects and can cause coma/death.
Treatment for Recovery
Nearly 35 million Americans have been admitted to the hospital for prescription drug abuse including Darvocet. Doctors recommend that individuals wanting to quit taking Darvocet or who need help with an addiction should seek help from a professional medical detox facility. Withdrawal symptoms from the drug can be extremely painful and uncomfortable and may include:
- Drug cravings
- Muscle/leg pain
- Uncontrollable shaking
- Problems breathing
- Severe Anxiety/suicidal thoughts
Trying to quit “cold turkey” is ill-advised as the individual may suffer dangerous symptoms which can be life threatening. Depending on the severity of drug abuse/addiction, withdrawal symptoms may last a week or longer. After successful completion of detox, patients are encouraged to enter a rehab treatment program and counseling to address the reasons for drug use and to gain insight on how to avoid relapse. Rehab treatment is offered through residential and outpatient services. There are also after treatment community based programs such as traditional 12 Steps and non-traditional behavioral counseling and educational services that can help with a successful recovery. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse and ready to get your life back, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Our IV therapy medical detox is the safest and most comfortable method for detoxing from alcohol and drugs. We will also help you plan for your continued recovery whether entering a rehab facility, a 12-step program, a non-12 step program or additional counseling. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at We will also help you plan for your continued recovery whether entering a rehab facility, a 12-step program, a non-12 step program or additional counseling. Call 855-338-6929, to see if our specialized treatment is right for you.