Darvocet & Darvon
What is Darvocet?
Darvocet is the brand name of pain medication, now off the market, which contained propoxyphene (either 100 mg or 50 mg) and acetaminophen. It has also been called Darvocet N-100. Another closely related brand name with a lower amount of propoxyphene was called Darvocet N-50. It was the brand name of propoxyphene (without acetaminophen).
In 2010, the FDA removed propoxyphene from the market due to cardiac side effects and citing other more effective pain-relieving agents available for use. Propoxyphene is classified as a weak opiate and is related to methadone. It is known to have greater mental effects than pain-relieving effects.
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Dangers of Darvocet
Darvocet was known to have significant safety problems for many years before it was removed from the market. The cardiac side effects can occur in standard doses and are at a very high risk when Darvocet is used in high doses. For many years, it was known as the pink pill due to its characteristic pink color.
It was also known as a poor pain reliever, which did have an ability to affect the central nervous system. Some people would describe the effects of its use after surgery as “I knew I was in pain, but I just didn’t care.”
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Addiction to Darvocet
While it was on the market, Darvocet became known for its addiction potential. It can produce a high similar to other opiates quickly before the user experiences any sedative effects. It has significant safety risks, including irregular heart rhythms and seizures.
As an opiate, it can also increase feelings of depression and hopelessness. Withdrawal from it can be dangerous and frightening. Medical supervision during detox is strongly recommended. Quitting “cold turkey” can induce seizures and can be fatal. It is strongly recommended not to abruptly quit due to the life-threatening withdrawal that can happen. Reach out to Resurgence for help to stop taking Darvocet.
Darvocet and Darvon were removed from the market in 2010. If someone is using it today, it was obtained illegally and is a sign that addiction is most likely present. It is thought that the pain-relieving effects were actually due to acetaminophen, not the opiate propoxyphene. Thus, propoxyphene’s effects were thought to be due to the euphoric high when taken, not actual pain relief.
Symptoms of Darvocet Addiction
Darvocet addiction can mimic other addiction to other opiates in its effects. Some signs of addiction are:
- Feeling calm and happy before a period of unexplained sleep
- Erratic moods
- Anxiety or frenzy to obtain more Darvocet
- Obsessive thoughts and preferences about the color of the pills
Darvocet in Your Body
Chronic use of an opiate creates a vicious cycle in the brain where the receptors are “re-regulated” to expect the supply regularly. When this happens, the brain is moving away from tolerance to dependence. Darvocet is particularly dangerous due to a byproduct of the drug that is created when it is ingested.
This byproduct can interfere with cardiac rhythms leading to a fatal heart event. Taking more and more in the hope of better pain relief can increase this byproduct and unexpectedly cause arrhythmia in the heart. An addiction increases the risks of accidental death with any use.
Effects and Abuse of Darvocet
In 2010 when Darvocet was being removed from the market, the Drug Enforcement Administration estimated that it was in the top 10 misused substances. If you want a life without the constant cycle of dependence, addiction, and withdrawal, Resurgence can help. You do have a choice not to stay addicted to Darvocet.
Almost 10 years after Darvocet and Darvon were removed from the market, the drugs are still available for sale online and are still being abused. Besides the risk of fatal heart rhythms, Darvocet abuse has been known to lead to suicidal thoughts. If you are addicted and have tried to quit only to start using again, there is help available. If you are no longer able to find a stable supply and are considering switching to another drug to fuel your addiction or avoid withdrawal, we can help.
Mental Illness and Darvocet Use
Are mental illness and Darvocet use related? For many, the answer is yes. Struggling with mental health issues such as depression or anxiety can make you or a loved one more vulnerable to the effects of its use. At times, this medication can be used as an attempt to self-medicate an existing mental health issue.
Addiction is closely linked to past trauma, neglect, or feelings of anxiety. Rather than getting healthy help, you may have tried using this medication to cope with challenges or to feel more confident in dealing with another mental health issue.
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Get Help at Resurgence
At Resurgence, we look for all causes of addiction and any underlying mental health issue. Improving coping skills and anxiety will give new tools for recovery and stability. Addiction is a universal problem.
Even if things seem fine to outside observers, addiction can still be present. It happens in all families, all social and financial situations. For additional information, read more here.
At Resurgence, we are familiar with this medication’s withdrawal and the complicated mental health issues that may also be present. We are here to help unravel the confusing picture of addiction, withdrawal, and untreated mental health issues.
Treatment of Darvocet Addiction
Darvocet treatment is not a short process, but it is possible. Simply stopping taking the drug is not recovery. Learning about addiction, treating any underlying issues, and building coping mechanisms other than drug use are learned behaviors that are taught and supported at Resurgence.
We will work with you to determine your individual goals of treatment and customize treatment to your needs. Darvocet abuse requires a team approach, including safe medical detox, counseling, therapy, and inpatient treatment to transition to outpatient treatment. We are here to walk through this process with you. Additional information on Darvocet treatment can be found here.
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Even if the situation appears hopeless or there is resistance to change, treatment can still be effective. Are you tired? Tired of bad news, tired of lies, tired of the process of keeping addiction going? We can help. Resurgence is available to answer questions or discuss options with you.
We have a team of professionals who are dedicated to understanding and healing from addiction. We give hope back to those who are searching for recovery and stability. Do you want treatment but are worried about how you can pay for it?
We have a team of financial professionals who provide free insurance verification. We will work with you to determine how to move forward with the treatment in a way that works for you and your financial situation. Additional information on Darvocet treatment can be found here.