On November 19, 2010, Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Darvocet and Darvon, agreed to the FDA’s request to pull their pain medication from U.S. markets due to data that shows increased risk of heart abnormalities in patients who take propoxyphene. Generic versions of propoxyphene are also being pulled as they can also cause the abnormal heart rates that have been seen in clinical studies.
If you are someone who has been managing their chronic pain by taking this commonly prescribed pain medication, what do you do now?
The first call you should make is to your doctor who prescribes your pain medication. Do not abruptly stop taking the drug without speaking to your doctor. Pain medication needs to be slowly removed from your system. Stopping cold turkey can cause you to suffer pain medication withdrawal symptoms that might be uncomfortable.
If you are in doubt about whether or not the pain medication you are currently taking is propoxyphene, you can call your pharmacist for help. Although your pharmacist cannot give you medical advice, they can educate you about the prescription pain medication you are taking.
While you wait to speak to your doctor, continue to take your pain medication but start thinking about alternatives for pain management. Relying on prescription pain medication to deal with chronic pain can be frustrating. Many people build up a resistance to their pain medication and often they can become reliant on the medication.
Since Darvon and Darvocet has now been recalled, maybe it is time to seek out other options for living with your pain. Trying alternative therapies like acupuncture, yoga, mediation,massage therapy or biofeedback might be the right choice for you.
Conventional doctors often are quick to write a prescription for pain medication and do not always offer up suggestions for natural remedies. The FDA has never recalled alternative therapies such as acupuncture and it has been in practice for thousands of years.
Trying an alternative therapy may work for managing your chronic pain. You may even find total and complete relief from your symptoms without having to depend on taking a pill. All pain medications have side effects and these can can range from stomach problems to headaches.
Acupuncture, yoga and massage can give you a feeling of euphoria. That is a side effect that most people would welcome.
Many health insurance companies will pay for some alternative therapy treatments. Check with your health insurance carrier and see if your plan covers alternative therapy. Chiropractic treatments, which are considered alternative medicine, can also benefit certain kinds of chronic pain.
Investigate what other options are available. Keep an open mind to these treatments. They might surprise you in how well they can work for relief of chronic pain.
Taking a prescription medication and having it recalled because of potential health risks can be frightening. If there is a way to avoid this happening, you should try it.