In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) removed Darvocet from the market as well as all medications that even contained a trace of the active ingredient known as propoxyphene. Their reasoning? Because the risks of taking the drug far outweighed any benefits that could ever be experienced.
What Exactly Is Darvocet?
Darvocet is a narcotic pain killer and is considered an opiate. It contains both acetaminophen and dextropropxyphene. It is often used to treat mild to moderate pain as well as restless leg syndrome. Although it doesn’t put a complete stop to the pain, it offers enough relief that makes the pain tolerable. However, it does have a risk of dependency, which is why many people try to seek Darvocet detox treatment.
Darvocet Overuse Signs and Symptoms
Ultimately, Darvocet can be compared to aspirin in terms of pain relief. Individuals who experience dependency on the drug may experience vomiting, nausea, stomach cramps, clammy/cold skin and constipation. Some users report having shallow breathing, chest pain, heart arrhythmia, jaundice, bleeding, seizures, liver/kidney failure as well as depression.
It can be very dangerous to take Darvocet while drinking any type of alcohol beverage, as this may increase the effect of sedation while increasing the risk of death. It should also not be taken in combination with antihistamines or allergy medications.
Darvocet Medical Detox Treatment
Darvocet withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable and can be painful. They can be severe if you stop taking the medication cold turkey. Some individuals will actually begin taking Darvocet again after trying to stop due to the painful and unpleasant symptoms that they experience. Withdrawal symptoms can include things like a runny nose, diarrhea, respiratory problems, anxiety and insomnia.
To undergo medical detox treatment for Darvocet misuse, you can do this outpatient with a doctor or inpatient in a private facility or hospital. While the outpatient detox treatment will allow a user to continue daily tasks normally, inpatient detox is normally recommended since it allows a break and plenty of rest, not to mention better pain and symptom management throughout the detox process.
Also, with outpatient detox, there are certain medications that are used, including methadone, suboxone and subtext. The first two of those have been known to cause users to quit detox and go back to taking Darvocet. Some even never stop taking the methadone and suboxone. All of this falls back on the fact that there is no constant supervision of the detox, which means that the pain and symptoms are not 100 percent managed.
With inpatient medical detox, medication is monitored as is the user on a regular basis. It is far more restrictive. However, even some users have problems with the inpatient setting saying that the symptoms weren’t managed effectively and leads to incomplete treatment. Luckily, with IV therapy, it is much easier to manage the pain and symptoms that a patient is experiencing, which increases their chances tremendously of completing the detox treatment.
At Shadow Mountain Recovery, we offer IV therapy detox. It is the safest and most effective way at keeping you comfortable throughout the process. After your detox is complete, we can also equip you with the tools that you’ll find necessary to stay off drugs and make better lifestyle choices.