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Darvocet Addiction

IMPORTANT: Darvocet was withdrawn from the U.S. market in November 2010.

Darvocet ® is a combination of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and propoxyphene designed to relieve mild to moderate pain. Propoxyphene binds to the pain receptors in the brain so that the sensation of pain is reduced. Acetaminophen halts the production of prostaglandins which otherwise cause pain. It is formulated as a tablet taken every 4 hours by mouth. Since propoxyphene can be habit forming, care must be taken to follow the doctor’s instructions when taking Darvocet ®. Do not take a larger dose, or take it more frequently, or take it for longer than the doctor has prescribed.


Darvocet is a narcotic analgesic used in the management of mild to moderate pain. Darvocet has been widely prescribed for 50 years but has not been without controversy. Adverse reactions, addiction and accidental overdoses have been reported. A consumer advocate group, Public Citizen, has been calling for a ban on the drug. In early 2009, an advisory board to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted to recommend a ban on the drug. The FDA has not yet taken action and is not required to follow the recommendation. The panel said Darvocet offers relatively weak pain relief, is unsafe and has lead to suicides.

Synthetic opioid drugs like Fentany, are to blame for more fatal overdoses in 2016 than prescription painkillers.

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Responsible Use of Darvocet Urged

Propoxyphene binds to opiate receptors in the brain, reducing the sensation of pain. It can be habit forming, leading to mental and physical dependence. Care should be taken when consuming any opiate medication. As with all others, Darvocet should only be taken as prescribed by licensed healthcare provider. It can be extremely dangerous to take more Darvocet than what is prescribed, or more frequently that recommended by a doctor. The label and directions should be followed carefully. Darvocet can be taken responsibly and safely in prescribed amounts. However, a tolerance to the medication can develop, even in therapeutic doses. This is when the drug builds up in the patient’s body, which can prompt them to take more and more to achieve the same pain relief.

Withdrawal and Other Signs of Darvocet Addiction

Addiction is a condition that is progressive in nature and can cause grave danger physically and mentally. An addiction to Darvocet can be marked by an often intense withdrawal syndrome that kicks in once use is stopped abruptly after a prolonged period. A fear of withdrawal symptoms is what keeps many patients using them. Symptoms associated with Darvocet withdrawal include physical craving, anxiety, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, aches and pains, restlessness, shakiness, sweating, abnormal skin sensations such as “crawling” skin, paranoia and restless legs syndrome. Other signs you may be addicted include an intense craving for the drug, preoccupation with getting the drug and consuming it, and continued use despite negative consequences.

Darvocet Detox, the Safe and Responsible Way

The Waismann Method of rapid detox has treated thousands of patients world-wide with much success. Patients in our Darvocet detox program sleep comfortably under light sedation while special medications cleanse the drugs from their opiate receptors. With this in-hospital procedure, patients can return to a normal life within days. Accelerated withdrawal symptoms occur within hours instead of days, as with traditional methods. Once patients wake up, they are no longer physically dependent on opiates and they are unaware of the withdrawal that occurred during the procedure. After-care is closely monitored and patients are prescribed a daily dose of non-addictive Naltrexone, an opiate inhibitor to eliminate physical cravings for opiates. Our anesthesiologists are also world-renowned experts in pain management, just one of many reasons we maintain the highest success and safety rates in the field of opiate dependency.

UPDATE: Darvocet was withdrawn from the U.S. market in November 2010.

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