Propoxyphene Addiction Information

Propoxyphene Rehab and Detox Considerations

Convincing the person addicted to  propoxyphene to enter treatment is the most important aspect of the entire treatment process as propoxyphene addiction is a devastating problem. A drug detox program may be required, as propoxyphene has many unpleasant withdrawal symptoms including: anxiety, extreme cravings, chronic fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, and insomnia.  Detox does not have to painful if done properly and under proper supervision.

At Promises, we focus on ensuring the client has a comfortable detox and understand the anxiety and fear a person may feel when making the decision to stop using an opiate narcotic, especially if the client has a history of pain.

Propoxyphene is an opiate prescribed for pain relief. As an analgesic, it alters the way the human brain reacts to pain without anesthetic effects. Propoxyphene is also a narcotic and thus habit forming. Recently, the use of propoxyphene has been sharply reduced because studies have indicated it is more addictive than other similar medications on the market today. Propoxyphene is ingestible in pill form, snorted in crushed form, or dissolved in water and injected. Propoxyphene can be found in many prescription painkiller medications, including:

  • Darvocet
  • Darvin
  • Darvon
  • Darvon-N

Effects of Propoxyphene on the Human Body

Propoxyphene is a medicinal opioid and binds to receptors in the central nervous system that typically bind with the body’s own physiological opioids such as endorphins and enkephalins. Propoxyphene (and other opioids) is frequently abused because overuse of medicinal opioids provides effects beyond pain relief and create feelings of euphoria.

Long-Term Effects of Propoxyphene Use

As an individual continues to use propoxyphene, the body rapidly develops a tolerance to its effects (including therapeutic benefits) and increasing amounts of propoxyphene must be taken to produce the same effects. Furthermore, the brain slows or even stops endorphin production, resulting in acute pain without propoxyphene use. Because propoxyphene is almost always bound to acetaminophen, long-term propoxyphene use is particularly damaging and may include liver problems, stomach cramps, nausea, and chronic constipation that often leads to rupture of the colon.

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