Quick question: What caused eighty-five deaths directly and may have been related to more than 300 other deaths in the state of Florida alone in 2007? If you guessed a drug called propoxyphene, you were correct.
Propoxyphene formed the basis of drugs sold under the brand names Darvon and Darvon-N. Darvocet, Balacet, and Propacet 100 were all brand names for a combination of propoxyphene and acetaminophen. Doctors prescribed the Darvon and Darvocet to relieve pain. In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the use of propoxyphene because it was linked to heart irregularities that were fatal in some users.
Propoxyphene was a type of drug known as a narcotic or an opioid. Both terms refer to drugs that affect moods and behavior in powerful ways. Because of this power, narcotics and opioids are controlled substances. This means that legal narcotics and opioids cannot be prescribed, sold, or used except for their prescribed uses. For illegal narcotics such as heroin it is illegal to deal with them entirely, except for research purposes. This means that in some ways, Darvon and Darvocet have always been restricted substances, even before the U.S. government banned them.
If you are using Darvocet, Darvon, or other products that contain propoxyphene, stop using them. They are dangerous and illegal. If you are suffering Darvon or Darvocet abuse or signs of Darvocet addiction, Darvon and Darvocet addiction treatment in California can help.
Symptoms of Darvon and Darvocet Addiction
Narcotics/opioids such as propoxyphene are typically stronger than over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen. But when combined with acetaminophen, propoxyphene becomes even more powerful. This is what made Darvocet such a powerful drug and what makes Darvon/Darvocet addiction in California so devastating.
Powerful drugs such as Darvon and Darvocet can have powerful effects on the body. Symptoms of Darvon/Darvocet addiction include:
- alterations in the chemistry of the brain
- cravings for Darvon and Darvocet
Overdosing on Darvocet and Darvon can also create several different side effects, some of which can be very dangerous:
- heart problems, such as an irregular or slow heart rate or a weak pulse
- breathing problems, such as shallow breathing or stopped breathing
- vision problems
- hallucinations or confusion
- seizures or fainting
- blue lips or jaundice (yellow eyes and skin)
- skin rashes
- smaller or larger pupils of the eyes
People should seek emergency help if they experience these symptoms. If they are struggling with other signs of Darvon/Darvocet addiction, they might want to consider obtaining Darvon/Darvocet addiction treatment in California.
Detox of Darvocet and Withdrawal of Darvocet
Detoxing (detoxifying), or removing the toxins from the body, is an important part of Darvon and Darvocet addiction treatment in California. While there is not one particular way to detox, a detox of Darvocet of Darvon typically includes medications. These medications help ease the symptoms produced by a withdrawal of Darvocet or Darvon.
Detoxing the body from opioids such as Darvocet or Darvon can take anywhere from minutes to days. Very rapid detox procedures can be painful, so they require the use of general anesthesia and can be very risky. Other forms of detox take longer, but the individual detoxing can be conscious, and respond to their environments better. These kinds of detox procedures often do not require as much withdrawal medication. Whatever type of detox patients might receive, Darvocet addiction treatment in California uses medical supervision to manage both the detox and withdrawal processes.
How Can People Address Their Darvon/Darvocet Addiction in California?
It can sometimes be difficult to determine if you or a loved one is misusing or abusing drugs or alcohol. It is much easier to spot Darvon or Darvocet addiction in California. If people are using the drugs, they are misusing them. They are illegal. People are not supposed be using them at all, especially since propoxyphene has been linked to heart problems.
Manufacturers have not produced products with propoxyphene in awhile, either. So if people are taking Darvon or Darvocet, they are taking drugs that are potentially dangerous and definitely old. Any potential temporary high is not worth the lasting damage Darvon or Darvocet abuse can cause.
Another way people abuse Darvon or Darvocet is by taking them with other drugs or alcohol. This is a huge mistake. Opioids such as Darvon or Darvocet affect the brain and central nervous system. So can other drugs and alcohol. If people drink alcohol or use drugs such as antidepressants while taking Darvon or Darvocet, the other substances can heighten the effects of the Darvon or the Darvocet.
Darvocet addiction treatment in California can help address the use of many substances, a condition known as polydrug use. Monarch Shores can treat such drug dependencies to help restore your life, or the life of a loved one, to normal.