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Propoxyphene more deadly than tramadol, hydrocodone

When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a closer look at the widely prescribed painkiller propoxyphene, known by the brand names Darvon and Darvocet, they discovered just how deadly the drug was. Sure, it had been targeted by citizen groups who wanted the drug removed from the market years ago because of its high dependency and overdose risk. Overdoses of propoxyphene can be lethal, and combining the medication with other drugs or alcohol can have deadly results. These findings resulted in an FDA warning about the potential for overdose associated with the drug. The elderly and patients with impaired ... Read More

Propoxyphene causes many serious health problems

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently banned the popular prescription painkiller propoxyphene, which includes brands such as Darvon and Darvocet, after studies showed the central nervous system depressant increased users’ risk of life-threatening heart rhythm abnormalities. Abnormal heart rhythms are different from heart attacks, where blood flow to part of the heart may be slowed or stopped. These abnormalities may cause cardiac arrest, which is sometimes called sudden cardiac death. During such an event, the heart stops beating and the victim may die within minutes. Other problems associated with abnormal heart rhythms include arrhythmia, which is any abnormal heart ... Read More

Doctor warns muscle relaxer Soma may be as dangerous as banned Darvocet

Why did it take so long for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to pull Darvocet from the market? Especially when, on several occasions, FDA advisory committees recommended to the FDA that propoxyphene-containing drugs, like Darvocet or Darvon, should be removed from the market because of safety and dependency concerns? “It perplexed a number of us for many years that individuals were prescribed propoxyphene-containing products when these drugs didn’t appear to provide any greater pain relief than more simple approaches,” says Dr. Charles Argoff, Professor of Neurology at Albany Medical College and Director of the Comprehensive Pain Center at Albany ... Read More

What do Darvocet, Darvon users do now that their meds are banned?

Finding a medication that works isn’t always easy. So when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determines that the drug’s risks outweigh its benefits and votes to pull the drug off the market, it can put some people in a bind. Late last year, the FDA banned from the market drugs containing propoxyphene, such as Darvocet and Darvon, after studies linked the popular painkillers to heart rhythm abnormalities, some of which have been deadly. Propoxyphene was approved by the federal agency more than 50 years ago and had become one of the most prescribed medications for the treatment of mild ... Read More

Pharmacists were wary of Darvon, Darvocet years before the FDA ban

Late last year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the removal of the prescription painkillers Darvon and Darvocet because of a risk of deadly abnormal heart rhythms. But many pharmacists say they stopped recommending the drugs years ago because of health concerns. “The reports have been out there for a long time and it hasn’t been real effective in treating pain and there were side effects,” Bob Campbell, director of the Skaggs Community Health Center pharmacy, told the News-Leader. Campbell says his pharmacy stopped stocking the drugs for hospital patients in 2007. “We just felt it was time to ... Read More

FDA warns of dangerous dietary supplement, weight loss pills

Those who have weight loss on their New Year’s resolutions list should be wary of dietary supplements sold over-the-counter at retail stores and online that claim they can help. These supplements may contain ingredients that can be dangerous and even deadly. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued multiple warnings this year about dietary supplements that were found to contain the undeclared controlled substance sibutramine. Sold under the brand name Meridia, sibutramine was pulled from the market in October 2010 because of serious health risks. Sibutramine is a centrally acting serotinin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor structurally related to amphetamines. It is known ... Read More