Darvocet Addiction Side Effects
As is common with any medicine, Darvocet (propoxyphene) addiction can lead to physical, emotional and even social side effects on a patients’ health.
Research has shown that most patients do not experience any complications while taking normal doses of Darvocet. In fact, most patients cope with it very well and where the side effects occur, they are usually insignificant and may not require any treatment at all. However, it is possible for patients to experience side effects.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took all medications involving propoxyphene (the primary ingredient of Darvocet) off the market, citing in particular the drugs’ ability to interfere with heart rhythm, even when administered in normal doses. The FDA advised patients to look for better alternatives for pain medication.
The prescribing information for Darvocet does not include the specific percentages of side effects that were observed in clinical trials, unlike other medications. For this reason, it is difficult to determine the prevalence of immediate physical side effects of Darvocet medication and addiction. However, based on the limited information provided, the physical side effects of Darvocet may include mental dullness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, constipation, stomach pain and general weakness.
Due to Darvocet addiction, potentially serious emotional side effects may develop which include, but are not limited to, sudden irrational feelings of pleasure (euphoria) or unpleasant feelings (dysphoria), hallucinations, the urge to overdose, which can result in respiratory problems, coma and even death.
Another side effect of Darvocet addiction is liver damage (due to ingestion of high doses of acetaminophen which is a major component of Darvocet) leading to problems caused by liver damage, including jaundice, excretion of dark urine, and upper – right abdominal pain (stomach pain). Darvocet addiction may also cause kidney damage leading to lower back or side pain, bloody or cloudy urine, and significantly increased urination and bladder control issues.
Other serious physical side effects of Darvocet addiction are allergic reactions, such as swelling of the mouth or throat, an unexplained rash, itching and hives. If a women is pregnant and addicted to Darvocet she has a higher risk of having a child with birth defects, as well as Darvocet withdrawal symptoms in the newborn, including irritability, shakiness, fever and seizures.
The potential side effects of Darvocet addiction on a patient’s social well-being cannot be underestimated. The sudden behavioral and mood changes experienced may lead to loss of friends and loss of trust from family members and loved ones.
Irrational spending to sustain the addiction may lead to antisocial behavior, such as stealing and lying by a patient, who may end up being alienated from society, which consequently may lead to depression.
These social and emotional side effects of Darvocet addiction may be very devastating leading to the loss of a career, self-loathing, broken values, failed marriage, broken promises and broken relationships that may be hard to overcome. Darvocet addiction and abuse, like any other narcotic abuse, may cause a patient’s problems to spiral out of control.
A patient who suspects they might have a Darvocet addiction should seek help from a qualified healthcare professional 1-800-303-2482. In any case, one should not stop taking Darvocet abruptly, since Darvocet withdrawal may occur.