When used properly, Darvocet can provide relief from mild pain symptoms, such as pain caused by arthritis. Like many other painkillers, however, Darvocet is often abused and can be quite addictive. For help in overcoming the Darvocet addiction destroying you or your loved one, call American Addiction Centers today at 877-640-1943.
What is Darvocet?
- Darvocet, also known by its pharmaceutical name Dextropropoxyphene, is a drug in the opiate family. Like codeine, which is another opiate, Darvocet is used to treat mild to moderate pain.
- Darvocet has been available by prescription for decades, but that doesn’t mean the drug is always safe.
- Darvocet abuse has been linked to thousands of fatal overdoses over the years, and some Darvocet addicts are at an increased risk of suicide. According to the Physician’s Desktop Reference Network, Darvocet has also been linked to liver damage.
- Darvocet is sometimes simply called a “painkiller” pill, or it may be referred to by one of its other brand names, such as Darvon.
How is Darvocet abused?
Darvocet is typically taken orally, though it may also be crushed and then snorted, or crushed and dissolved in water, and/or injected like heroin. It carries a significant risk for fatal overdose — so much so that the Food and Drug Administration recently took the rare step of ordering the drug manufacturer to devote more space on Darvocet labels to informing users about the serious health consequences of ingesting too many pills.
How widespread is Darvocet Addiction?
The 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that nearly 12 million Americans aged 12 or older had abused prescription pain relievers, which is a category that includes Darvocet. That figure represented nearly 5% of the entire U.S. adult population.
The numbers are even higher for those who admitted abusing painkillers at some point in their lifetime: nearly 35 million Americans, or 14% of the U.S. adult population, have abused painkillers at least once in their life.
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What are Darvocet’s short-term effects?
For some users, Darvocet® pain relief function creates a euphoric effect, especially when the drug is combined with other substances such as alcohol. But according to the Physician’s Desktop Reference Network, other short-term effects of Darvocet abuse can also include:
- Abdominal pain
Darvocet’s long-term effects:
- Liver dysfunction
- Psychological dependence
- Yellowed eyes and skin
- Kidney problems
- Overdose, which can include symptoms such as difficulty breathing or decreased heart function.
According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, in 2006 there were 323,579 emergency room visits where prescription painkillers were a factor.
What are the risks of Darvocet addiction during pregnancy?
According to the Physician’s Desktop Reference Network, Darvocet should not be used during pregnancy unless the mother’s doctor knows she is pregnant and specifically recommends its use. Cases of temporary dependence in the newborn have occurred when the mother has taken Darvocet consistently in the weeks before delivery. Darvocet® may also be transmitted in low levels through breast milk.
Even when advised by a physician to take Darvocet, expectant mothers must be careful to only use the drug as directed, as excessive dosages could put the fetus’ health at risk.
Why is Darvocet addiction so hard to overcome?
The medical journal Clinical Pharmacology has argued that Darvocet’s “most prominent effect is its addictive quality.” The drug produces both psychological and physical dependence, making it difficult for users to quit without professional substance abuse help. Medically-supervised opiate detox can make overcoming Darvocet’s uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms much easier.
Those withdrawal symptoms include:
- Cramp-like pains in the muscles
- Suicidal thoughts
Symptoms are typically experienced within hours of stopping use of the drug, and can last up to several weeks.
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