Propoxyphene Addiction (Darvon®)

Propoxyphene Addiction

Propoxyphene | What is it?

This product is an opiate used to help recover from mild to moderate surgical pain and thus, carries with it all the risks of dependence and addiction to Propoxyphene as other prescription opiates. As of November 2010, Propoxyphene is no longer available as a drug therapy option in The United States, due to high heart toxicity issues, even in therapeutic doses.

How Does Propoxyphene Work? This drug is an opioid, an analgesic used to treat severe pain relief. Most often prescribed in pill form, it attaches to the body’s opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord and gastrointestinal tract, chemically altering the body’s response to pain. It also affects the region of the brain, which identifies and responds to pleasure. Upon consumption, the user may feel a rush of intense pleasure of euphoria.


Side effects of Propoxyphene Addiction

Common side effects include but, NOT limited to:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • and Constipation

Interactions with other drugs, especially alcohol, may increase the potency of the drug and increase the risk of respiratory failure. Increased tolerance, which may lead to dependence, addiction, or overdose, is a potential side effect of Propoxyphene. Patients who experience an increased tolerance need a higher dose or more frequent dosing to achieve the same level of pain relief and/or euphoria.

Overdose, either accidental or intentional, is not uncommon with the use of Propoxyphene.

Propoxyphene may cause cardiac arrest or arrhythmia.

Abuse: Although not available as a prescription, Propoxyphene can still be found on the street. Users will crush and snort or inject the powder for an immediate, euphoric rush.

Conclusion: Propoxyphene was a widely prescribed pain medication that blocks pain receptors in our brain. Use beyond and over the prescribed amounts. There were numerous side-effects including heart failure. Withdrawal symptoms for Propoxyphene are similar to other opiates, like morphine and heroin.

Withdrawal symptoms, which include vomiting, diarrhea, cold flashes, restlessness, leg spasms, and muscle and bone pain, last a week. Symptoms peak between forty-eight and seventy-two hours after the last dose.

For many users, methadone is an important part of the long-term treatment plan.

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