What is Darvocet?
Darvocet contains a combination of acetaminophen and propoxyphene. Propoxyphene belongs to a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. Acetaminophen is comparatively a less potent pain reliever and a fever reducer that induces the propoxyphene effects.
Darvocet helps relieve pain from moderate to mild fever or without fever.
Avoid taking Darvocet if you are allergic to propoxyphene or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Propoxyphene may be a habit-forming drug and should be used only by someone under a doctor’s prescription. Never share Darvocet with someone else, especially someone with a past of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medicine out of reach of others.
Tell the doctor if you consume more than three alcoholic beverages every day or have ever had cirrhosis (alcoholic liver disease). If so, you may be unable to take a medicine that contains acetaminophen.
What to know before taking Darvocet?
Do not use Darvocet if you were recently using an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, such as:
Tranylcypromine (Parnate), or
Selegiline (Emsam, Eldepryl, Zelapar)
To ensure Darvocet is safe for you, tell each of your medical healthcare providers if you have ever had:
Liver or kidney disease;
Asthma, sleep apnea, COPD- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or other breathing problems;
A pancreas or gallbladder disorder;
A past of brain tumor or head injury;
Suicidal behavior or thoughts;
A stomach or intestinal infection;
Mental illness; or
A past of drug or alcohol addiction
It is still unknown whether Darvocet will harm an unborn baby or not, but it could cause withdrawal symptoms or breathing problems in a newborn baby. Inform the doctor about your pregnancy or your plan to conceive during the treatment. Propoxyphene and acetaminophen can pass into breast milk and may prove harmful for a nursing baby. Talk to your medical health care professional before using Darvocet if you are breastfeeding a nursing baby.
How to take Darvocet?
Take Darvocet precisely as per the doctor’s prescription. Read carefully and follow all the directions on the prescription label and medication guides. Please do not take it in smaller or larger amounts or for longer than prescribed. If Darvocet is not working well enough to relieve your pain or stops working in between the treatment, the doctor is not working well enough.
Do not suddenly stop taking Darvocet, or you could face unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Take your doctor’s help to avoid withdrawal symptoms while you stop taking this medicine.
If you need surgery, inform your surgeon before using Darvocet or propoxyphene, or acetaminophen. Your surgeon may recommend you stop taking this medicine for a while.
Store it away from heat and moisture at room temperature. Keep track of the amount of your drug from each new bottle. Be aware of someone misusing your medicine or taking it without a prescription because Darvocet is a drug of abuse.
An overdose of Darvocet can cause liver damage. Adults should not use more than 1 gram (1000 mg) of acetaminophen per dose or 4000 mg (4 grams) per day. If you exceed your alcoholic beverages limit to more than three drinks per day, you should not take more than 2 grams (2000 mg) of acetaminophen daily.
The usual dosage for Darvocet-N 100 is one tablet within every 4 hours orally as needed for pain. The maximum amount of this drug is six capsules per day. Do not exceed the maximum daily dosage.
If you have an overdose, seek urgent medical attention or call the Poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of Darvocet can be deadly.
Overdose symptoms of Darvocet may include:
Slow or uneven heartbeat;
Cold or clammy skin;
Dilated or pinpoint pupils;
Seizure (or convulsions); or
Fainting, shallow breathing, or breathing that stops.
What to avoid while using Darvocet?
This medicine may cause impairment in your thinking or reactions. Avoid driving any vehicle or performing any activity that requires alertness.
Ask any medical healthcare providers before taking any other cold, pain, allergy, or sleep medication. Acetaminophen (also known as APAP) is available in many combination medicines. Taking specific products together can cause the accumulation of too much acetaminophen in your body. Keep a check on the medicine label to see if it contains APAP or acetaminophen. Consumption of alcohol can increase the side effects of Darvocet.
Darvocet side effects
Go for emergency medical help if you have an allergic reaction due to the use of Darvocet. Allergic reaction symptoms may include difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of your face, throat, lips, or tongue. Call the doctor immediately if you have serious side effects such as:
Feeling short of breath, chest pain;
Slow heartbeat, shallow breathing, feeling like you might pass out;
Unusual thoughts or behavior, confusion; or
Nausea, loss of appetite, stomach pain, itching, clay-colored stools, dark urine, jaundice
Common side effects to Darvocet may include:
Vomiting, mild nausea, constipation, upset stomach;
Feeling drowsy or dizzy;
Dry mouth; or
It is not a complete list of side effects, and others may occur. Take your doctor’s medical advice concerning side effects. Report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What drugs can interact with Darvocet?
Sleeping pills, cold or allergy medicine, antidepressants, muscle relaxers, or seizure medication can lead you to more sleepiness caused by propoxyphene or could slow down your breathing. Tell your medical healthcare provider if you take any of these drugs or any other narcotic medications.
Various drugs can interact with Darvocet. Tell your medical healthcare professional about all the prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines you use, including minerals, herbal products, vitamins, and drugs recommended by your doctor.