Darvocet is used to relieve mild or moderate pain with or without fever. It is a combination of propoxyphene and acetaminophen. Acetaminophen works to relieve pain by elevating the pain threshold. Propoxyphene is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. It works to increase pain tolerance and decrease discomfort. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever and fever reducer that increases the effects of propoxyphene.
Darvocet does contain a narcotic component, and therefore it has the potential to be abused. Darvocet can become addictive if it is taken for a long period of time or in higher doses than prescribed. A user may then become tolerantto the drug and dependent on it.
Side Effects of Darvocet
Since Darvocet can cause drowsiness or a lowered sense of alterness, driving or operating machinery is not recommended for those taking the drug. Also, Darvocet may interact badly with other substances, so do not take it with any of the following:
- Sleep aids
- Antidepressant drugs
Side effects of Darvocet may include:
- Abdominal pain
- Skin rashes
- Feelings of elation or discomfort
Darvocet can be abused to achieve a “high.” There is a fine line between taking the amount of Darvocet that will achieve the sought-after “high” and overdosing, which could have life-threatening results.
Withdrawal symptoms range from mild to severe. Darvocet activates the brain’s “reward” system, which can possibly lead the user to crave more of the drug and focus intently on obtaining more of it.
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