What Is Dextropropoxyphene?


What Is Dextropropoxyphene?

Dextropropoxyphene is an opioid analgesic, also known as a pain killer, prescribed to patients suffering from mild or moderate pain.

Dextropropoxyphene was manufactured and introduced by Eli Lilly and Company for the use of pain management for sufferers of chronic pain such as headaches, muscle cramps, backaches and menstrual cramps.


Aside from relieving pain, the drug also has some anesthetic side effects. Like most opioid analgesic medications, Dextropropoxyphene can be highly addictive to patients using it recreationally, especially for those taking the drug consistently on a daily basis and for long periods of time. Many patients become dependent on the drug and due to its various dangerous side effects including the number of arrhythmias and fatal overdoses, it is not commonly prescribed in the United States or Europe. Dextropropoxyphene is also combined with paracetamol or acetylsalicyclic acid and released under the brand names Darvocet-N or Di-Gesic.

Dextropropoxyphene Use Side Effects and Dangers

Long-term use of Dextropropoxyphene and higher doses of Dextropropoxyphene than what was originally prescribed causes a variety of adverse side effects. These side effects may be common in anyone using the drug, even with the recommended dose, but they will be more severe and last for longer periods of time when it is being abused. Common side effects include:

  • Skin Rashes and Itching
  • Drowsiness
  • Sore Throat
  • Constipation
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Lack of Coordination
  • Fatal Heart Rhythms (which can cause overdose and death)
  • Respirator Depression
  • Gastrointestinal Effects
  • Decreased Heart Rate
  • Seizures

These side effects become even more dangerous when the individual becomes addicted and dependent on the drug as they will continue to worsen as time goes on.

Signs and Symptoms of Dextropropoxyphene Addiction

Many of the signs and symptoms of being addicted to Dextropropoxyphene are similar in addictions to other substances like illegal drugs, prescription medications and alcohol. These are mostly centered on a sudden change in behavior or more extreme behavior like angry outbursts, extreme mood swings which go from being calm to livid in a very short period of time and other behavioral changes.

If you suspect you are addicted to Dextropropoxyphene, you may notice a change in your appetite along with weight gain or weight loss, a lack of desire for social interactions, the need to be alone for long stretches of time, and the inability to cope with stressful for situations without using Dextropropoxyphene. You might also notice an increase in dosage in order to fee the full effects as long-term use of Dextropropoxyphene can increase your dependency and your body may adjust to the lower dose. Some behavioral changes you should pay attention to in others that you suspect may be addicted to Dextropropoxyphene include:

  • A Lack of Motivation
  • Calling in Sick to Work
  • Skipping Classes
  • Not Being Social
  • Hanging Out with Different Groups of Friends
  • Neglecting Personal Hygiene and Personal Appearance
  • Becoming More Irritable and Having Bloodshot Eyes and Large Pupils More Often

Dextropropoxyphene Abuse Withdrawal Symptoms

Quitting Dextropropoxyphene may result in a variety of withdrawal symptoms ranging from mild to severe. The level of symptoms are typically in correlation to how much the individual took of Dextropropoxyphene for each dose as well as how often and the length of time. If they had been abusing Dextropropoxyphene for a long period of time, their symptoms are most likely going to be more severe and should be monitored shortly after quitting. The withdrawal symptoms from quitting Dextropropoxyphene and other prescription drugs may last up to 4 days or up to a week in more severe cases. The symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Chills and Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Agitation
  • Mood Swings
  • Angry Bursts
  • Anxiety and Depression

Dextropropoxyphene Addiction Treatment Options

If you or someone you know is showing signs of being addicted to prescription drugs like Dextropropoxyphene, act now to get the best help possible. Drug rehab centers are experienced and knowledgeable about the appropriate and successful treatments for individuals addicted to many substances, including Dextropropoxyphene. No matter where you live in the United States, you will have a drug rehab center nearby to provide outpatient or inpatient treatment options, counseling and further advice on quitting use of Dextropropoxyphene, finding healthier alternative options, overcoming the addiction and learning to live without this dangerous dependency. If you are concerned for your health or the health of a friend or loved one, finding treatment from a drug rehab center 800-807-0951 may be your best chance at overcoming the addiction.

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