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Darvocet ® belongs to a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. Drugs in this class relieve pain by affecting how the brain perceives or senses pain.

Darvocet ® is a combination of two drugs, propoxyphene and acetaminophen and is used for the relief of mild to moderate pain. The combination of these two drugs proves to be more effective than either one alone. However, taking Darvocet is not without risk as physical and psychological dependence may occur.

Use of this drug should not be stopped suddenly, especially when taken in high doses or for a prolonged period of time. It is suggested to slowly taper the use of the drug to avoid withdrawal syndrome.

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Darvocet is an analgesic opiate that is commonly used to treat mild to moderate pain. Though it is considered to be no more effective than aspirin in the treatment of pain, Darvocet can have adverse effects that non-narcotics don’t have. One of these is that users can become dependent with prolonged use.

In the U.S., this drug is available in doses from 30 mg to 650 mg. It can be used to ease physical withdrawal symptoms in opiate addicts but is not as effective on mental cravings. Other drugs can interfere with the effectiveness of Darvocet, and some people are unable to metabolize it.


Excessive stimulation of the brain’s opioid receptors can cause seizures, depression of the central nervous and respiratory systems, and may alter a person’s mood and thoughts. People should not take this drug if they are allergic to its ingredients or if they have bowel problems or severe diarrhea. There is a risk of bleeding when taking Darvocet alongside anticoagulant medication.

Taking more Darvocet than prescribed by a doctor can be fatal. Tolerance can also develop, causing users to increase the dose in pursuit of continued pain relief or to achieve a high.

Darvocet Abuse

Studies have shown an increasing number of Americans are using prescription opiates for non-medical reasons. Pills can be obtained through “doctor shopping,” pharmacy diversion and trading or buying them on the street. The market for illicit drugs often goes hand-in-hand with crime. The number of teen users who have access to their parents’ medicine cabinets is also on the rise.

Recreational use of Darvocet can cause dry mouth, decreased appetite, constipation, diarrhea, urinary problems and addiction. In pursuit of a continued high, many opioid abusers increase the dose and experience toxic side effects. This can cause stomach pains, nausea, vomiting and liver toxicity.

If you suddenly stop taking Darvocet, powerful withdrawal symptoms can set in quickly. Withdrawal symptoms of this drug include insomnia, delusions, sweating, tremors, rapid heartbeat, rigid muscles, anxiety and flu-like symptoms.

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Side Effects

Whether taking the drug recreationally or in correctly prescribed amounts, mild to severe side effects can occur. Any side effects are made worse if you consume alcohol while taking opiate medications. Constipation is common for many opiate users. Other common side effects are:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Vision problems

Severe side effects of abuse include:

  • Severe allergic reaction, including swelling of face, lips or tongue
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Tight chest
  • Hallucinations
  • Mood changes
  • Stomach pain
  • Yellowing of the eyes and skin
  • Changes in vision

Long-term use or abuse of opioid drugs can lead to addiction and physical dependence. Most dependent persons should seek medical opiate detox treatments to make sure the dependency is treated in a safe and thorough manner.

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