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What is Darvocet?
A) Structurally, it's a relative of the synthetic narcotic,
methadone. It's prescribed in two forms- propoxyphene
hydrochloride and propoxyphene napsylate -for relief of
mild to moderate pain.
from slight differences-the napsylate (or N-form) of propoxyphene
is more slowly absorbed in the body and so has a longer
duration of action-the two drugs are identical. Both are
found in a number of prescription pain medications, including:
How is Darvocet used?
Darvocet when abused is taken orally, chewed, crushed (then
snorted like cocaine), or crushed (then dissolved in water and
injected like heroin).
What are the side effects of Darvocet?
The side effects of Darvocet are:
What other medicines can interact with Darvocet?
The propoxyphene in these drugs slows down the central nervous
system and intensifies the effects of alcohol. Heavy use of
alcohol with this drug may cause overdose symptoms. Therefore,
limit or avoid use of alcohol while you are taking this medication.
these medications are taken with certain other drugs, the effects
of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially
important to check with your doctor before combining them with
use of these drugs with propoxyphene can lead to potentially
fatal overdose symptoms.
neurologic disorders, including coma, have occurred with the
use of propoxyphene in combination with Tegretol.
use of anticoagulants (blood thinners such as Coumadin) in combination
with Darvon Compound-65 may cause bleeding. If you are taking
an anticoagulant, consult your doctor before taking this drug.
use of aspirin with drugs for gout may alter the effects of
the antigout medication. Consult your doctor before taking Darvon
Is Darvocet addictive?
given darvocet's similarities to methadone, it's not surprising
that the drug is as addictive as it is.
fact, the medical journal Clinical Pharmacology even argued
that darvocet's "most prominent effect...may be its addictive
produces psychological and physical dependence like other narcotics,
and treatment for Darvon dependence is much the same, too.
Can you overdose on Darvocet?
Yes, the symptoms of an overdose are:
overdose may lead to unconsciousness and death.
information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
not take these medications if you are pregnant or planning to
become pregnant unless you are directed to do so by your doctor.
Temporary drug dependence may occur in newborns when the mother
has taken this drug consistently in the weeks before delivery.
The use of Darvon Compound-65 (which contains aspirin) during
pregnancy may cause problems in the developing baby or complications
during delivery. Do not take it during the last 3 months of
pregnancy. Darvocet-N does appear in breast milk.
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