propoxyphene pills represent the need for a propoxyphene addiction treatment centerPain is real and must be treated. But the U.S. has a history of people becoming addicted to prescription drugs. We’re in the midst of a devastating opioid epidemic. Pain drugs prescribed for chronic pain can lead to substance abuse or other side effects. Even short-term use of a pain reliever can cause problems, and require a propoxyphene addiction treatment center.

Propoxyphene is an example of a medication found to be potentially harmful. It’s a generic drug found in pain reliever medicine. It is also a key ingredient in the narcotic brand name drugs Darvon and Darvocet. In some cases, Darvocet abuse can lead to addiction.

Doctors used to prescribe Darvon and Darvocet to treat mild to moderate pain. They are not as powerful as opioids such as hydrocodone, morphine or codeine. Darvocet, which has acetaminophen, was often prescribed for migraines. Headache sufferers were at risk for drug dependency or prescription drug addiction.

Propoxyphene is a medicinal opioid but some people used it to excess. Propoxyphene binds to receptors in the central nervous system. It activates opiate receptors such as endorphins and enkephalins. Overuse of opioid drugs has effects beyond pain relief. It can create feelings of euphoria.

Continued use can lead to the need for propoxyphene addiction treatment. Additionally, Propoxyphene has other serious side effects. It can cause heart failure and heart attack. The FDA took it off the market in the United States in 2010. Unfortunately, this did not stop people from accessing it as an illicit drug. They get opioid drugs from other countries or on the black market.

Long-Term Effects of Propoxyphene Use

When a person continues to use propoxyphene, the body develops a tolerance. A person needs increasing amounts of propoxyphene to produce the same effects. This is true for therapeutic benefits as well. Other damaging effects may include:

  • These opioid drugs are habit-forming and can lead to physical dependence.
  • The brain slows or even stops endorphin production. This results in acute pain without propoxyphene use.
  • When bound acetaminophen, long-term use damages the liver. Effects may include liver problems, stomach cramps, nausea and chronic constipation that can lead to colon rupture.
  • Propoxyphene withdrawal symptoms may occur rapidly without the drug.

What to Expect at a Propoxyphene Addiction Treatment Center

What happens in prescription drug treatment programs? Addiction treatment professionals treat Darvon and Darvocet like other types of opioid addiction. It will typically require medically monitored drug detox and a residential addiction treatment center.

Propoxyphene has unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. The treatment specialists at Promises can help people during withdrawal by managing the most disruptive symptoms. For a few examples, symptoms may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Extreme cravings
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia

Around-the-clock medical team makes sure this period is safe. At the same time, they make you as comfortable as possible. We use research-backed medications as well as alternative approaches to ease propoxyphene withdrawal. During drug rehab, treatment includes pain management and comprehensive mental health care.

Following medical drug detox, clients start an opioid addiction treatment program tailored to their unique needs. Treatment options may include:

Our goal is to find the approaches that best support our clients’ long-term recovery.

The History of Propoxyphene

Drug companies introduced Propoxyphene in 1957 as a prescription opiate. Medications that were made with propoxyphene include Darvocet, Darvin, Darvon and Darvon-N.

By the 1970s, advocates focused on getting the drug removed from the United States market due to its dangers. There were warning signs that it could lead to heart failure and liver damage. It could also lead to addiction and overdose. The FDA finally took propoxyphene off the market because:

  • It can cause cardiac arrests and heart attacks.
  • It was narcotic and thus habit-forming.
  • Professionals deemed the drug to be less effective and more addictive than other similar medications on the market.
  • As an analgesic, it alters the way the human brain reacts to pain without anesthetic effects.
  • By prescription, it was in pill form. But people were snorting it in crushed form, or dissolving it in water and injecting it.
  • Because propoxyphene was discontinued in the U.S., people can only get this drug illegally. This puts them in danger for receiving supplies mixed with dangerous ingredients.

Get Help Today

If you or a loved one is struggling with propoxyphene addiction, we can help. Call the Promises Treatment Centers recovery advisors today for a free, confidential consultation at 1.713.528.3709. We are here to answer all your questions about rehab. The staff at our drug rehab center can help you take back your life.

Posted on July 21, 2017 and modified on April 13, 2019