Darvocet is an addictive drug, and as such, taking it in the long term can sometimes be dangerous. In addition, there are other potential issues that could result from long-term Darvocet use. If you or someone you love is struggling with a Darvocet substance use disorder, call 800-442-6158 Who Answers? now.
Darvocet Dependence, Tolerance, and Abuse
Darvocet is an opioid-based medication that contains both propoxyphene and acetaminophen. It is normally used to treat pain. Those who take Darvocet frequently and in the long-term are actually extremely likely to become dependent on the drug because of the propoxyphene it contains. This can lead an individual to experiencing physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms when suddenly unable to take more of the medication.
Many times, doctors try to prevent their patients from becoming dependent on a drug like Darvocet. This is because this type of dependence can lead to misuse. Some individuals do not want to be weaned off the medication when it is time to do so, and others start taking the drug beyond the point when they were prescribed to stop. Tolerance can also lead to abuse, as many people start taking higher doses of the drug without their doctor’s permission in order to experience the same results they once did.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some users will begin to enjoy the way the drug makes them feel and will take larger doses or unnecessary doses in order to continue feeling this way. As such, all of the issues associated with long-term use can potentially lead to abuse, which is more likely to cause addiction and deadly overdose the longer it is permitted to continue.
One of the most serious problems associated with the long-term use of Darvocet is the way the drug affects the heart. According to the National Library of Medicine, the FDA took propoxyphene off the market in 2010 “because of the potential to cause deadly heart disturbances” such as prolonged PR interval, prolonged QT interval, and widened QRS complex.
All these issues have been monitored on an EKG and found even in those taking Darvocet and related medications at prescribed doses. These changes Darvocet can potentially make to the heart can lead to “serious, abnormal heart rhythms” that may become deadly (FDA). Those who take the drug for longer periods of time become more and more likely to experience heart-related issues.
One of the most complained of side effects associated with opioid use is the chronic constipation these drugs can create. Many individuals take another type of medication along with their opioid drug just to treat this symptom. Someone taking Darvocet consistently for a long period of time is likely to experience this issue, which, aside from being uncomfortable, may also have repercussions for their gastrointestinal health.
Of course there are many potential side effects that long-term Darvocet use can cause, but these are the most intense. Anyone abusing this drug is putting themselves in serious danger, and now is the time to seek help. Call 800-442-6158 Who Answers? today to find the treatment you need.