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Darvocet is the brand name of a drug that contains acetaminophen and a synthetic opioid known as propoxyphene. Before the drug was banned, it was used to treat mild-to-moderate symptoms of pain. It was also used as a drug in medication-assisted treatment (MAT) that helps individuals wean off opioids like heroin.
Doctors heavily criticized the drug after it was released onto the drug market. It was considered a weak opioid with placebo-like effects for pain relief. Some side effects of Darvocet were suicidal behaviors and deadly heart problems. For this reason, the drug was finally banned in 2010 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
An estimated 10 million people were using Darvocet and other painkillers similar to it, according to WebMD.
In spite of it being banned for ten years, it is still available on the black market where it can be purchased illegally on the internet.
The ability to spot the signs of substance abuse and addiction can be beneficial. These symptoms and the behaviors associated with addiction will not appear all at once, but isolated signs may fly under the radar. Many times, you only become aware when someone exhibits adverse side effects, which may be too late.
With that said, there are some extremely physical side effects attributed to long-term Darvocet abuse. One example is jaundice, which is the yellowing of the skin from excessive acetaminophen that is found in the drug.
Other side effects of regular Darvocet abuse include:
Darvocet may also cause symptoms of withdrawal that are challenging to overcome alone.
When it comes to substance abuse, you must go about it the right way to ensure your safety in the present and long-term. You should enter into medical detox to help cope with the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that will be present. Detox is the process of removing drugs from your system to treat acute intoxication and achieve mental and physical stability.
You should never stop using Darvocet on your own as it must be tapered down slowly to avoid any uncomfortable symptoms.
Your doctor may recommend a MAT program that replaces Darvocet with another opioid as you transition to sobriety. The goal, however, will be to stop using opioids altogether.
Once you complete detox and potentially start MAT, you will be moved into the next level of care that helps you build a foundation for the future.
Addiction is a disease with no cure, and the only way to learn how to cope is by going through therapy geared toward making it a little bit easier to deal with. Speak with a professional today to see if treatment is right for you.