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Darvon: Questions and Answers

Here are some questions you may have about the drug Darvon (Darvocet), and the corresponding answers to get you enlightened on the topic.

Q: What is Darvon?
A: Darvon / Darvocet (propoxyphene) is a prescription pain drug that is said to alleviate mild up to moderate levels of pain.

Q: What are the special instructions when taking this drug?
A: It should be taken exactly as directed by your physician. Furthermore, it should be noted that this drug is habit-forming.

Q: What are the latest pieces of news about this drug?
A: Public Citizen, an organization that focuses on consumer advocacy, petitioned that Darvon be phased out from the market. According to the organization, Darvon has been linked with over 2,000 deaths (due to accidents), and is addictive.

Q: How true are these claims? What are the health risks associated with this drug?
A: When taken in high doses (by itself or with other drugs), Darvon has been associated in several drug-related deaths. Darvon should not be taken with drugs that cause drowsiness, such as sleep aids, alcohol, tranquilizers, antihistamines and antidepressants. Again, the drug should only be taken on the right dosage and the right frequency. If you are experiencing adverse effects upon taking the drug, contact your doctor immediately.

Q: What are the side effects of Darvon?
A: Side effects are not very common. However, there have been reports of patients experiencing the following, although not directly linked to Darvon. Contact your doctor if you start to feel any of the following: lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, vomiting upset stomach, stomach pain, constipation, skin rash, headache or mood changes.

Q: What does my doctor need to know before he or she prescribes the drug to me?
A: Your doctor should know if you are allergic to propoxyphene (Darvon) or any other drugs related to it. Further, inform your doctor of the following: if you have or ever had kidney or liver conditions, a history of alcohol dependence, if you are currently pregnant, have plans of being pregnant, or currently breastfeeding. If you are about to get surgery (even dental surgery), inform your doctor as well that you are taking the drug to ensure that you are not administered medication that will adversely react with it.

Q: What are the possible reactions that Darvon has with other foods or drugs?
A: When combined with other drugs, Darvon can react with them. Thus, you should inform your doctor about all of the medications you are under - both prescription and non-prescription. Also, inform your doctor if you take any of the following: pain relievers (other than Darvon), antihistamines, anticoagulants or blood thinners, medications for colds, cough and allergies, sedatives, muscle relaxants, medication for seizures, tranquilizers, sleeping pills and even vitamins.

Q: What should I do if I am hurt or injured because of Darvon?
A: If you suspect a negative reaction as a result of this drug, contact your doctor immediately so any consequent effects can be prevented. You may also wish to discuss your rights and possible reward with an experienced personal injury attorney from The Kyle Law Firm. Contact us today.

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