Darvon Abuse, Addiction, and Treatment Options

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Darvon is a prescription opioid narcotic. This type of drug can be very addictive, and patients may need rehab help to stop an addiction. Some people may not realize that medicines from doctors may be addictive. There is help available for anyone who thinks they might have an opioid addiction.

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What is Darvon and What Does it Treat?

Darvon (propoxyphene) is a controlled substance. It is very similar to morphine and has the potential to be misused. Darvon is prescribed for mild to moderate pain. It comes as a 65 milligram capsule that can be taken by mouth. Darvon is a synthetic opioid, it was created in a lab.

What is a Darvon High Like?

Darvon affects the brain in a similar way to other synthetic opioids. It is not a strong opioid, and when taken by mouth it takes a while for the effects to happen. Those who misuse this drug will crush it and snort it to get a quick euphoric rush. Then they may feel drowsy for several hours.

There are many other side effects of Darvon that are possible:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Skin rash
  • Jaundice
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sudden changes in mood


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Mixing Darvon With Other Substances

Serious medical problems can happen when some medications and drugs are used at the same time. If a patient sees multiple doctors for different issues, it is very easy for drug interactions to happen. Patients should inform all doctors that could give them medication of what they are already using. This includes any supplements, herbal products, alcohol, or illicit substances.

There is a long list of possible dangerous combinations that go with Darvon. Drugs.com lists 578 drugs that are known to interact negatively with Darvon. Of that number 275 are considered major drug interactions that could be more dangerous.

Darvon and Alcohol

Anyone who is taking Darvon should not use alcohol. This is a very dangerous interaction. Using alcohol, or medications that contain alcohol will increase the side effects of Darvon. The side effects increased are:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Impaired thinking and judgment
  • Severe interactions include the possibility of the following:
  • Respiratory distress
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fainting
  • Coma
  • Death

Can a Person Overdose on Darvon?

It is possible to overdose on Darvon. This is a weaker opioid than heroin or fentanyl. This means someone has to use much more of it to get the high they are expecting. This can easily lead to an overdose. With Darvon, death can happen within the first hour of someone overdosing, a very dangerous situation.

If it is suspected that a person is having a Darvon overdose call 911 immediately. Symptoms of an overdose include:

  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Hearing loss
  • Low blood pressure
  • Weak pulse
  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Not breathing
  • Blue fingernails or lips
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Seizures
  • Nausea, vomiting

In addition to accidental overdoses, there have been some cases of intentional overdose. Darvon can increase pre-existing feelings of depression or suicidal thoughts. Darvon should not be used by anyone with a history of suicidal thoughts.

Opioid Use Statistics in the United States

The United States has been in an opioid crisis for a number of years. The 2014 Nation Hospital Care Survey reported a large number of opioid-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations. In 2014 there were 15,495 patients that were seen in an emergency department related to opioid use that were not admitted to the hospital. The same year 24,059 patients were admitted to hospitals because of opioid use.

Almost 500,000 people have died from opioid overdoses from 1999-2019. This number includes prescription opioids and illegal opioids. The CDC says that more than 31,000 deaths in 2018 involved synthetic opioids. There were 70,630 drug overdose deaths in the US in 2019, 70% of those deaths involved an opioid.

Darvon Withdrawal Symptoms

When a person has been using any kind of opioid for a long time, they can become addicted. When they stop using the drug withdrawal symptoms happen. Withdrawal symptoms can vary between types of drugs. Sometimes withdrawal can be dangerous and need medical supervision. Withdrawal symptoms of could Darvon include:

  • Muscle aches
  • Stomach cramps
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Insomnia
  • Mood changes
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of appetite

Darvon Addiction Treatment Options

If a person has gotten to the place of being addicted to Darvon, they may consider going through a detox program. This does not complete the recovery process. Anyone who has dealt with an addiction needs to get to the reason why they became addicted.

The next step is a rehab program. There are several kinds of rehab programs to choose from. A patient should talk to a professional to decide what the best course of action is for their situation. Some types of rehab programs are:

Within rehab programs, there are many options for the type of therapy to help someone discover why they were using drugs. Each person’s situation is going to be different. There is not a one size fits all answer to addiction. Some types of therapy include:


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More Information About Darvon Addiction Treatment Options

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