Darvocet, generically known as Propoxyphene, has been pulled from the shelf from the FDA. After a few years of research is has been determined that the medical risks do not out weigh the benefits for these medications. There has been evidence that these drugs will cause heart complications and Darvocet, since it contains Tylenol, also has risks for your liver. However, patients should not panic. Here is an overview of some steps to take now.
Call your pharmacy
The first place to get your information is at your local pharmacy. A pharmacist somewhere is usually available to talk to no matter what day of the week it is. They can advise you as to all of the details the are surrounded with the pull. They can also contact your doctor in a timely manner, and tell you what to watch out for.
Remember there is nothing wrong with the pills
Most recalls happen because there is something physical wrong with the pills. This is not the case. These pills have nothing physically wrong with them, their risks just don’t outweigh the benefits. Therefore, do not panic.
Don’t stop cold turkey unless advised
Just like any pain reliever that is taken on a daily basis you do not what to stop this cold turkey. This may cause other side effects. You and your doctor may decide to slowly wean yourself off of the medication to try a new medicine. Unless you are advised my a medical professional, changing your medication regimen can be just as harmful for your health.
Contact your doctor
After you have spoken to your pharmacy, you may still need to contact your physician. The pharmacy can fax your doctor asking for an alternative, but sometimes patients can get through faster. They may want to ask you a few questions before prescribing an alternative medication. Each patient is different and many different factors come in to play when choosing the right medication.
Know your prescription
Many medical providers may not be aware of the pull (Just occurred over the past couple of days). Emergency room doctors could be unaware. Asking what you are being prescribed and look out for the names of these drugs. These include Darvon, Darvocet, and Propoxyphene (generic). If you can catch your prescription before leaving the emergency room it will save time when getting medicine for an emergency situation. It is always important to take control of your own pain control.