A Combination of Propoxyphene and Acetaminophen

Darvocet has long been prescribed to treat mild to moderate pain, particularly before, during and after an operation. Recently, Darvocet has been linked to heart rhythm abnormalities, heart attacks, and even death – and as of November 2010, it is no longer prescribed in the US.

Darvocet is No longer Prescribed in the US

Although it is no longer prescribed to patients, there are still individuals who engage in Darvocet drug abuse through the use of illegally obtained medication. Some of these individuals were initially prescribed the drug for a legitimate medical reason and became addicted over time; others simply sought out a “high” and fell into a pattern of Darvocet abuse.

Short-term and Long-term Dangers of Darvocet Abuse

Darvocet drug abusers may accidentally overdose on either component in the drug. Taken in large quantities, the acetaminophen in Darvocet can cause acute liver toxicity which can result in stomach pains, nausea, vomiting, and even liver failure. The propoxyphene component of Darvocet can also cause an overdose. The symptoms of a propoxyphene overdose can include any of the following:

  • Headache
  • Rapid breathing
  • Rapid pulse
  • Ringing in the ears
  • A bluish cast to the skin
  • Convulsions
  • Decreased heart function
  • Extreme sleepiness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Coma
  • Rapid in blood pressure
  • Stupor
  • Abdominal pain
  • Excessive sweating  
  • Kidney failure
  • Nausea
  • Decreased or difficult breathing
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Vomiting
  • Deafness
  • Excessive sweating
  • Vertigo
  • Constipation
  • Hallucinations
  • Lightheadedness
  • Skin rashes
  • Yellowed eyes and skin

Long-term Darvocet drug abuse can also lead to numerous other problems as it alters the wiring of the users’ brains and causes them to engage in a variety of drug seeking behaviors. Eventually, Darvocet abusers lose the ability to enjoy the daily pleasures of life and only feel “normal” while under the influence of the drug. Quitting long-term Darvocet abuse can be very difficult due to the withdrawal symptoms users suffer.

Medically Supervised Darvocet Detox and Treatment

Darvocet withdrawal can be a painful process. Symptoms can start as quickly as a few hours after users stop taking the drug, and can last up to a few weeks. Darvocet withdrawal symptoms include: sweating, malaise, yawning, sneezing, tears, insomnia, nausea, irritability, shivering, trembling, anxiety, depression, muscle cramps, leg kicking, weakness, dehydration, convulsions, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and suicidal thoughts. Because these symptoms are so intense, a “cold turkey” withdrawal from Darvocet drug abuse is almost never successful. To successfully stop the cycle of Darvocet drug abuse, you need the help of a trained professional in a medically supervised detox environment.