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Darvon And Darvocet

In November 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that painkillers Darvon and Darvocet have been voluntarily recalled after studies showed potential harmful side effects. Two of the most commonly prescribed pain medications, the drugs have been associated with serious health problems such as suicide, physical addiction and overdosing.

First introduced in 1957, Darvon and Darvocet contain the active ingredient, propoxyphene, an opioid that is used to treat mild to moderate post-surgical pain. However, a report prepared by the FDA found more than 3,000 cases where the drugs were linked to serious health problems. The agency also indicated that Darvon and Darvocet are no more effective than safer, over-the-counter painkillers. An estimated 22 million people have been prescribed Darvon or Darvocet.

Serious side effects that have been linked to the prescription pain medication Darvon and Darvocet include:

  • Severe heart rhythm abnormalities
  • Heart attack
  • Sudden death
  • Accidental overdosing

If you are currently taking Darvon or Darvocet and have experienced an abnormal heart rate or rhythm, or other symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting or heart palpitations, you should contact your healthcare professional to discuss your concerns about the medication. The decision to change or stop taking a prescription medicine should be made only after consultation with your physician.

And if you've experienced harmful side effects from taking Darvon or Darvocet, call the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein today for a free and confidential consultation. You may be entitled to compensation.

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