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Darvocet is a brand name for a combination medication that contains the opioid drug propoxyphene and acetaminophen. Since 2010, it has been banned from use in the United States, the EU, and many other countries.

Before it was banned, it was a Schedule IV drug under the Controlled Substances Act but is now a Schedule II. This scheduling means the drug has a high potential for abuse, has some accepted medical use in the U.S., and may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence. Although it’s been banned people are still searching google in an effort to learn more about the drug.

What Is Darvocet?

Propoxyphene is a partial opioid receptor agonist that produces analgesic effects. The other active ingredient, acetaminophen, is the same in the common over-the-counter pain-relieving and fever-reducing medication, Tylenol. Darvocet was prescribed to treat mild to moderate pain and also had minor cough suppressing effects.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned Darvocet and removed it from the market because of the high amount of fatal overdoses, addictions, and dangerous heart arrhythmias the drug causes. Despite being banned, propoxyphene can be found illegally on the black market, and some prescriptions that contain similar substances still exist.

Darvocet Dependence and Withdrawal

Darvocet is known to cause dependence and be very addictive. It works by inundating the brain and central nervous system (CNS) with the neurotransmitter dopamine. This chemical is responsible for feelings of pleasure and reward. The euphoric high and sedation that Darvocet produces can last around 3-6 hours, depending on the person.

After prolonged exposure to propoxyphene, the brain halts the production of its own dopamine, making the user chemically or physically dependent on the drug. Likewise, chronic, repeated use of Darvocet will cause the mind to correlate taking it with feeling pleasure, leading to uncontrollable use and addiction.

Once dependence sets in, attempting to quit or rapidly cut back causes unpleasant and painful withdrawal symptoms. The unpleasantness of these symptoms often compels the user to relapse continuously.

Symptoms of propoxyphene withdrawal may include the following:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Hallucinations
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Intense drug cravings
  • Mood swings
  • Muscle pains
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Psychosis
  • Restless legs
  • Runny nose
  • Seizures
  • Sweating
  • Tremors

Darvocet Effects and Abuse

Users of this drug may often crush the pills and snort the residual powder. This route of administration causes effects to onset quicker by eliminating the time-release features and allowing it to enter the bloodstream more rapidly.

Taking Darvocet without a prescription, in combination with other drugs, or by a different route of administration, such as snorting or injection, constitutes abuse. Since it is banned, any and all Darvocet use is considered substance abuse.

Effects of Darvocet Abuse | Just Believe Recovery

Effects and side effects of Darvocet use and abuse may include the following:

  • Blurry vision
  • Calm feelings
  • Confusion
  • Delusions of grandeur
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Euphoria
  • Extreme sleepiness
  • Frenzied behavior
  • Hallucinations
  • Headaches
  • Jaundice
  • Lack of appetite
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Poor motor skills
  • Skin rashes

Darvocet has also been known to exacerbate mental health issues, such as depression and suicidal thoughts. It is important to note that Darvocet is dangerous even when taken as directed by a doctor—indeed, this is why it was banned. As such, any form of self-medicating with illegally obtained Darvocet is unwise and advised against.

Propoxyphene Overdose

Again, one of the contributing factors to its banning was Darvocet’s link with fatal overdoses. As an opioid, it is also considered a CNS depressant, meaning that it slows it down. Taking too much of any depressant can result in perilously slow pulse and respiration rate.

Signs of propoxyphene overdose include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bluish lips or fingernails
  • Convulsions
  • Decreased breathing rate
  • Excessive sweating
  • Extreme fatigue and weakness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Slowed or stopped breathing
  • Stupor
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Coma
  • Death

Acetaminophen Overdose

As mentioned above, Darvocet also contains acetaminophen. This ingredient was meant to increase its effectiveness at relieving pain. The dangers of opioids are relatively well-established in the mind of the public, but what isn’t well established are the dangers of acetaminophen.

Acetaminophen toxicity or overdose accounts for more emergency room visits, instances of acute liver failure, and reported overdoses than any other medication in the United States. Consuming too much acetaminophen leads to liver toxicity and damage and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Symptoms and complications of acetaminophen overdose range from mild to life-threatening and may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Acute liver failure
  • Coma
  • Convulsions
  • Diarrhea
  • Generalized weakness
  • Irritability
  • Jaundice
  • Kidney failure
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pancreatitis

Treatment for Darvocet Addiction

Just Believe Recovery Center offers comprehensive addiction treatment programs in intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential formats. Our treatment plans employ a number of clinically proven services beneficial for the recovery process, including, but not limited to, cognitive-behavioral therapy, group therapy, individual and family counseling, art and music therapy, relapse prevention, and aftercare planning.

We aim to treat the whole individual and not just one aspect. Our expert staff provides those we treat with the care and compassion they need to conquer addiction and live the sober, fulfilling lives they deserve.

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If you or a loved one need help with substance abuse and/or treatment, please contact Just Believe Recovery at (888) 380-0667. Our specialists can assess your individual needs and help you get the treatment that provides the best chance for long-term recovery.

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