Before it was removed from the market late last year, Darvon, Darvocet and other painkillers containing propoxyphene were considered by some professionals as having caused more deaths annually than any other drug.
It is listed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency as one of the country’s top ten abused drugs, and was banned in the United Kingdom and Europe for years before the United States followed suit. At the time it was pulled from the U.S., an estimated 20 to 40 million prescriptions were written for the drug every year for the past 50 years.
The bottom line – propoxyphene-containing drugs are dangerous and many people who have been harmed by the drugs may not be aware their health problems were caused by the prescription painkiller. Propoxyphene is addictive and is easily overdosed. New studies also show that it can cause dangerous and sometimes deadly heart rhythm abnormalities.
Darvon and Darvocet, and their generic equivalents, are far more dangerous than over-the-counter drugs such as aspirin, Advil, Aleve, and Tylenol. Despite the risks, doctors continued to write prescriptions for Darvon and Darvocet, for the treatment of mild to moderate pain. The drug was also sometimes written for off-label uses such as restless leg syndrome and diarrhea.
If you or a loved one has taken Darvon, Darvocet or a generic version of the drug and been hospitalized or treated for heart problems, suffered a heart attack, or died, you may want to contact an attorney. Beasley Allen Law Firm is currently investigating personal injury cases involving propoxyphene-containing drugs.