Proxyphene Facts

Propoxyphene is the generic name of prescription medication such as Darvon, Compound-65 Pulvules, Darvon, Pulvules, Darvon-N, E-Lor, PC-CAP and Wygesic. It comes in tablet, capsule, and liquid forms and taken orally to relieve mild to moderate pain.

Darvon/Darvocet Abuse and Effects

Darvon and Darvocet run a high risk of abuse and potential addiction. When abused, these pills are crushed into a powder and snorted, nullifying the drugs’ time-release features and flooding the brain with the narcotic substances. The user experiences a brisk, euphoric “rush” and then a sedated sensation lasting upwards of 4 to 6 hours. Physical symptoms of Darvon/Darvocet abuse might include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle pain
  • Confusion
  • Reported hallucinations
  • Skin rash and jaundice
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches

Even when consumed as intended, Darvon and Darvocet can be dangerous and addictive with severe repercussions.

SIGNS OF A DARVON OR DARVOCET ADDICTION

Since Darvon and Darvocet are no longer prescribed by doctors, continued use of these substances is a primary indicator something may be amiss. Another initial sign of Darvon/Darvocet addiction is developing a tolerance, or numbness to the drugs’ intoxicating effects. Those suffering from Darvon/Darvocet addiction will require more of the substance to achieve the previous sensations. Eventually the brain craves the drug to even feel “normal.”

Addiction to opiates can develop quickly, marked by physical and psychological dependence on the drug. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders outlines the criteria for an addiction to any substance.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Do not use propoxyphene if you have a history of suicidal thoughts or actions. Propoxyphene should never be taken together with a sedative (such as Valium or Xanax) or an antidepressant if you are also drinking large amounts of alcohol. Propoxyphene may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it. Do not drink alcohol while you are taking propoxyphene. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with a narcotic pain medicine. Check your food and medicine labels to be sure these products do not contain alcohol.


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