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What Is Darvocet?

What Is Darvocet?

Darvocet is a combination medication which includes Propoxyphene and Acetaminophen. It is a member of the narcotic pain reliever family of drugs and is currently not marketed in the United States. The medication is prescribed for mild to moderate pain relief. The medication is considered to be habit forming and should be used only under prescription by a physician and strict monitoring.


It is not recommended that the medication be used with an MAO inhibitor and could cause deadly side effects in combination. A physician must prescribe this medication in order for a patient to be using it and it should never be taken on a long term basis. Darvocet should not be taken while drinking alcohol or when pregnant. Individuals who are under a doctor's care for asthma or other breathing disorders should not take this medication. Those with mental illness or depression should discuss these issues with a doctor prior to taking the medication.

How Is Darvocet Abused?

Darvocet was pulled off of the market because of how easily abused it is; it is one of those medications that is simply quite easily abused, not only by those taking it for legitimate reasons, but by using it illicitly. A physical and psychological addiction is capable of forming quite rapidly when it comes to using this drug in any manner that goes against how it was prescribed.

As a narcotic pain reliever, it was a risky drug to begin with, but when the FDA realized how easily abused it was, they released that the side effects and potential for abuse did were not worthwhile, and that the benefits were not worth keeping it on the market for.

People that have a history of abusing Darvocet or using Darvocet improperly may fall into other types of addiction and abuse problems. In this way, you could consider Darvocet to be a gateway drug, opening the doors for the misuse of both prescription and illicit drugs in the process.

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