Darvon Overdose

Darvon is widely prescribed to relieve mild to moderate pain, and also possesses anti-tussive and local anesthetic effects. Darvon, also referred to as Propoxyphene, is a midly narcotic analgesic and when combined with acetaminophen it is marketed as Darvocet. Propoxyphene has been known to cause overdose when taken in large dosages, either alone or with alcohol and/or drugs that can affect breathing or cause drowsiness such as antidepressants, sedatives, and muscle relaxants. After a 32-year-dispute, Darvon was recently taken off the US market by the FDA due to concerns of suicide, fatal overdoses and arrhythmias.

Signs of Darvon Dependence:

What starts out as a small dose of Darvon may turn into a fast, downward spiral into addiction. The most common signs of dependence include:

  • Dizziness
  • Sedation
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Euphoria
  • Hallucinations
  • Visual disturbances

Signs of Darvon Overdose

There have been numerous cases of accidental and intentional overdose with Propoxyphene products, either alone or in combination with other depressants such as alcohol. The most common signs of a Darvon overdose include:

  • Severe neurological disturbances
  • Abnormal liver function
  • Coma
  • Death

Reasons for Dependency and Addiction

Many people can become dependent on Darvon due to the many withdrawal symptoms that may occur. These symptoms may include body and muscle aches, nausea, sweating, cramps, anxiety, irritability, increased blood pressure, convulsions and insomnia. People may experience these symptoms as early as six hours after the last dosage and addiction may follow soon after. This drug is usually abused by recreational users who either chew or swallow them. In some cases, a person may snort the drug. Like other narcotics, this drug will produce psychological and physical dependence. Recreational users are able to obtain this drug by asking different doctors for the same prescription.

Darvon Overdose

Darvon overdose is similar to that of narcotic overdose. The person’s skin may look flushed and usually seems drowsy. If the dose is severe, a person can experience convulsions which may lead into a coma. The individual’s pupils will exhibit dilated pupils and shallow breathing. Often times, death may occur if treatment is delayed.

Recreational users of Darvon usually have strong physical dependence, but low psychological dependence. However, a large number of drug-related deaths are caused by taking excessive doses of proxyphene products, along with, or in combination with other depressants, which include sedatives, tranquilizers, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, and alcohol. Most fatalities actually happen within the first hour of over dosage. Most recreational users are patients who are depressed or suicidal, or those who have previous histories of emotional disturbances and suicidal ideation or attempts.

Help and Treatment

The Rapid Anesthesia Darvon Detox (RDD) under anesthesia is a medical procedure that eliminates most of withdrawal symptoms. During the procedure, the patient is given medication to relax and then put under light, general anesthesia for an hour. Following the procedure, recovery begins under direct medical supervision. The patient’s vital signs and overall physical and mental reactions to these medications are closely monitored during the detox procedure. In the days that follow, the patient often sleeps more than usual. Administered by professionals as part of a long-term drug-addiction recovery strategy, The RDD Method has been shown to be significantly effective in treating a Darvon addiction and overdose.

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