In 2010, the FDA banned Darvon, Darvocet and any other brand/ generic drugs that contain propoxyphene. Propoxyphene is a safety-plagued painkiller from the 1950’s.
There was new proof of heart side effects in studies of healthy people taking normal doses of this drug. There is an estimated 10 million Americans taking Darvocet and other variations of propoxyphene painkillers. These users should not immediately cease usage because there is danger of serious withdrawal symptoms. Rather than rapidly discontinuing use, patients should immediately contact their doctors for help switching to different methods of pain control.
The FDA’s action came almost six years after the U.K. banned the drug and a year and a half after the European Drug Agency banned it.
The drug puts patients at risk of abnormal or even fatal heart rhythm abnormalities said John Jenkins, MD, director of the FDA’s office of new drugs at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
Sidney Wolfe announced in a press release that at least 1,000 to 2,000 people in the U.S. have died from using propoxyphene since the time the U.K. ban was announced.
Dal Pan says that people who have taken Darvocet, Darvon or other propoxyphene drugs for an extended period of time are not at increased risk of heart problems.
This information was retrieved from www.webmd.com
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