Darvon® and Darvocet® Linked to Death, Heart Attacks, and Arrhythmia: California, Texas, Florida Lawyers Now Providing Free Potential Claim Evaluations

Banned in the United Kingdom since 2005 and then the European Union in January 2009, an estimated 10 million patients have used these common painkillers.

On November 19, 2010 the FDA asked manufacturers of propoxyphene (Darvon®, Darvocet®) for a product recall. 

Propoxyphene is an opioid used to treat mild to moderate pain.  Approved by the FDA and available since 1957, propoxyphene is manufactured by Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc., which markets the drug as Darvon® and Darvocet®. The difference between the two painkillers is that while Darvon® is composed entirely of propoxyphene, Darvocet® combines propoxyphene and acetaminophen.

Some of the other limitations of propoxyphene-containing medicines include:
·         As weak painkillers, they provide minimal benefits.
·         The combination of propoxyphene and acetaminophen (Darvocet®) is no more effective than acetaminophen on its own.
·         The difference between the dose needed for treatment and a harmful dose is too small, increasing the potential for overdose.
·         As an opioid, it is also addictive.

“The FDA is advising health care professionals to stop prescribing propoxyphene to their patients, and patients who are currently taking the drug should contact their health care professional as soon as possible to discuss switching to another pain management therapy.” – FDA News Release, November 19, 2010.

Severe and even fatal responses to Darvon® and other pain medications containing propoxyphene have been reported, such as:
Death
Heart Attack
Heart Arrhythmia
Suicide
Overdose

If you or a loved one have experienced any side effects such as these from taking these medications, please contact us as soon as possible for a free potential claim evaluation.  Please fill a form out on this website or call our toll free number for additional information.   Always consult carefully with your doctor prior to stopping any medication.

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