Darvocet Overdose

Darvocet is a combination of propoxyphene and acetaminophen. Propoxyphene belongs to a group of drugs that are narcotic pain relievers and Acetaminophen is less potent drug that relieves pain and reduces fever. Darvocet is used to treat mild to moderate pain, as it is often given before or after an operation. Like Codeine, Darvocet is a weak opioid. Codeine is usually used instead of Darvocet, but in some cases the body has a hard time metabolizing codeine, thus Darvocet is used instead. Darvocet has recently been taken off the U.S. market because there were many concerns about heart rhythm abnormalities. However, Darvocet is still continually abused and there are many ways of still receiving this drug.

Signs of Darvocet Dependency and Overdose

  • Jaundiced skin
  • Yellowing of the eyes
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Extreme stomach pain
  • Profuse sweating
  • Blue lips
  • Clammy skin
  • Suppressed breathing
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Seizures
  • Coma

Complications and Effects of Darvocet Overdose

Darvocet can be dangerous for many reasons. First and foremost, it contains acetaminophen, which causes liver damage, and also contains a drug called Dextropropoxyphene, which is extremely toxic to the body. In many cases, Dextropropoxyphene is used to intentionally cause death, which is the reason why it is not prescribed for someone who has suicidal intentions or for those who take antidepressants. Dextropropoxyphene is highly addictive and is similar to methadone, thus it is easy to take too much of this substance and overdose. The Medical Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has even argued that “Darvocet’s most prominent effect may be its addictive quality.”

Help and Treatment

If you suspect that an overdose of Darvocet has occurred, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately. Try to find out how much of the drug the individual has taken and if he or she has ingested anything else.

Professional treatment is the safest and most effective way to overcome Darvocet abuse. There are several forms of treatment that may be effective. Detoxification is an effective treatment option, as it rids the body of all traces of the drug, and allows the patient to overcome withdrawal symptoms. Addiction therapy is also recommended after a patient finishes detox. This therapy will allow a patient to understand the reasons that lead to addiction or overdose and should continue for a period of a least six months to be truly effective. However, each patient should determine the type of treatment that is best suited for their specific needs. A personalized recovery path is the best way to achieve long-term sobriety and a healthier life.

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