Darvocet and Darvon Addiction and Abuse

Modified: 22nd Jul 2019

Last updated on July 22nd, 2019 at 02:50 pm

The active ingredients in these medications are propoxyphene and acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is also the active ingredient in Tylenol and is considered a safe drug. However, propoxyphene is a different story.

After over 10,000 deaths associated with propoxyphene, Darvocet and Darvon were banned by the FDA in 2010.

Despite this, many of these pills remain in circulation. They are often referred to colloquially as pinks, 65’s, footballs, and N’s. 

Darvocet and Darvon fall under the class of drugs known as opioids, and as such, they are potentially addictive. Darvocet shares many similarities with the synthetic narcotic, methadone.

Find out more about Darvocet and Darvon addiction and abuse and what can be done about it.

Darvocet and Darvon Addiction Statistics

Due to the illegal status of Darvocet and Darvon, there are only a few statistics available for these drugs. This is what we do know:

General Statistics on Addiction to Darvocet and Darvon

Opiate addiction is on the rise in the USA, with an increase of 30% between 2016 and 2017.

Millions of people have been affected by the misuse of opioids in recent times.

Before they were banned, Darvocet and Darvon were listed as one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs

In one study, most deaths associated with propoxyphene were suicide attempts involving several addictive drugs. This implies that Darvocet and Darvon had a place in the medicine closet of many an addict.

Demographics 

There are no conclusive into the demographic similarities between propoxyphene addicts, however, much is known about people who abuse painkillers in general.

Usually, these people will have a genetic predisposition towards addiction combined with a history of physical pain which caused them to take the drug in the first place.

Common psychological factors include underlying trauma, depressive or anxious tendencies, or a history of neglect. Many people who become addicted to painkillers grew up in conditions of homelessness, poor housing or poverty.

Despite these similarities, it’s important to note that addiction has very little regard for demographics and can affect people from all walks of life.

Signs Of Darvocet and Darvon Addiction and Abuse

Since both these medications are no longer available by legal means, you would have to obtain them by underhanded means. 

Taking these kinds of risks to get your hands on a drug is already a sign of dependency. 

Other symptoms of Darvocet and Darvon abuse include:

  • Facial swelling including the tongue, throat and lips
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Chest pain
  • Appetite loss
  • Blurred vision and headaches
  • Itching and skin rashes
  • Jaundice
  • Difficulty breathing

In addition, abuse of painkillers can lead to psychological changes like unusual behavior or thoughts. 

Long-term abuse can cause serious mental problems like:

  • Changes in your personality
  • Altered perception of reality
  • Negative body image and low self-esteem
  • Violent outbursts or feelings of rage
  • Mood swings
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Paranoia

As a result, you could lose interest in the social aspects of your life. You may withdraw and isolate yourself from family and friends, causing rifts in important relationships. 

You could also stop taking part in hobbies and activities that you once enjoyed. 

Am I Addicted?

If you can’t stop taking Darvocet or Darvon despite these negative side effects you could be addicted. If a propoxyphene high is the highlight of your day, you’re in trouble. 

Are you lying to friends, family and medical professionals about your use of painkillers? You could be addicted. 

Do you spend inordinate amounts of time thinking about how to get your next hit of Darvocet or Darvon? Do you worry about what will happen if you miss your next dose? You need help to kick the habit.

If you have continued using painkillers long after your pain has subsided, or worry that it may return if you stop popping pills, you may have a problem. 

Do you visit different outlets to get your supply of Darvocet and Darvon? Are you hiding your pills from your significant others and do you lie about taking them? All these are signs of addiction, regardless of your drug of choice.

If you feel like you can’t go another day with or without Darvocet or Darvon, it’s time to admit defeat.

Only you can decide whether you need help to stop taking these drugs. 

Dangers of Darvocet and Darvon Abuse

To understand the dangers of Darvocet and Darvon, you need to understand Propoxyphene. This is the main ingredient of these painkillers and it’s a dangerous one. 

Propoxyphene is a type of opioid painkiller that has been linked to serious heart problems, even when taken according to a doctor’s instructions.

Several patients who were taking the drugs experienced cardiac arrest, tachycardia, myocardial infarction, arrhythmia, and other serious consequences.

Since the drug has been withdrawn from the market, little research has been done about it. However, it is widely-believed the propoxyphene triggers abnormal electrical activity in the nervous system. 

If you overdose on this drug you could slip into a coma or die due to decreased heart function, low blood pressure and extreme difficulty in breathing. 

Get Help for Darvocet and Darvon Addiction

Not only is it dangerous to continue taking propoxyphene-based painkillers, but it’s also dangerous to go cold turkey. 

When you suddenly quit these drugs you could become suicidal.

You are bound to experience tremors, sweats, muscle aches, anxiety, and insomnia. If you do fall asleep, you can look forward to horrific nightmares.

You need a medically-assisted detox to survive these withdrawal symptoms. You also need specialized care to deal with the mental aspects of withdrawals.

Get in touch today for help with Darvocet and Darvon addiction and abuse.

We can help you to stop, stay stopped and enjoy a new life free from addiction and helplessness.

Article Reviewed by Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD, DFAPA

Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD, DFAPADr. Keerthy Sunder, MD is an accomplished and internationally recognized expert in the field of addiction. He has earned diplomates from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.