Darvon and Darvocet Recall Issued Due to Risk of Heart Problems

The popular painkillers Darvocet and Darvon have been recalled by the FDA after it was determined that all medications containing the painkiller propxyphene pose an unreasonable risk of heart problems. 

The Darvocet and Darvon recall was announced Friday afternoon by the FDA and Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which manufactures the popular pain medications. All generic Darvocet and generic Darvon versions of the medication have also been recalled.

Darvon was first introduced in 1957, containing propoxyphene to relieve mild to moderate post-surgical pain. Today it is most commonly prescribed as Darvocet, which combines the active ingredient in Darvon with acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol.

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Darvocet has become one of the 25 most commonly prescribed medications, which has been prescribed to more than 22 million people.

An FDA advisory panel first recommended that the agency recall Darvocet and Darvon in February 2009, after determining that the minimal pain relief benefits provided by the drugs do not outweigh the substantial risk of overdose and suicide. However, the FDA decided in July 2009 to allow the medications to remain on the market with a new “black box” warning about Darvon and Darvocet side effects, which is the most stringent warning label possible under federal regulations.

On Friday, the FDA determined that new clinical data, which show that side effects of Darvocet include an increased risk of serious and sometimes fatal heart rhythm abnormalities, tipped the scales in favor of a recall, after determining that the risks associated with Darvocet and Darvon outweigh the benefits provided by the treatment.

The FDA indicates that it has been petitioned to recall Darvocet and Darvon from the market twice since 1978, but only now determined that the risks outweighed the benefits. One of those petitions came from Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, which called for a Darvocet and Darvon recall in 2006.

A phased Darvon and Darvocet recall is already underway in the European Union.

“With the new study results, for the first time we now have data showing that the standard therapeutic dose of propoxyphene can be harmful to the heart,” said Dr. Gerald Dal Pan, director of the FDA’s Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology. “However, long-time users of the drug need to know that these changes to the heart’s electrical activity are not cumulative. Once the patient stops taking propoxyphene, the risk will go away.”

The FDA said in its announcement that it will advise health care professionals to stop prescribing Darvon and Darvocet to patients and said patients currently taking the drugs should contact their health care professional as soon as possible to discuss switching to another pain medication.

90 Comments

  • CANDYJuly 31, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    The first time I had Darvon N100 was in 1969. I was pregnant and got a really bad kidney infection that was very painful. It helped a lot. I never had it again til 1988 when my knees started swelling and turning red and hurting really bad. They gave me huge bottles of it and a bunch of refills. I learned it was Rheumatoid Arthritis causing it. Darvon gave way to Darvocet and it worked great for th[Show More]The first time I had Darvon N100 was in 1969. I was pregnant and got a really bad kidney infection that was very painful. It helped a lot. I never had it again til 1988 when my knees started swelling and turning red and hurting really bad. They gave me huge bottles of it and a bunch of refills. I learned it was Rheumatoid Arthritis causing it. Darvon gave way to Darvocet and it worked great for the RA pain. Then they took it away and I have worked my way up to Oxycodone 15mg 4 times a day. It does not touch the RA pain. It helps other pains I have but not the RA pain. I would love them to put the Darvocet back on the market and leave up to us and our doctors whether we take it or not. I never had a problem with it or my heart though I took it for decades. I hate when they mess with stuff that works

  • ErinJanuary 17, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    I took Darvocet after a surgery in 2010. I have had a heart aruthmia ever since. I'm going to the cardiologist today because outs gotten worse and I've had some scary episodes. I'm an active person who exercises and eats healthy so I'm not sure why I'm having more issues but I believe it's due to the heart arythmia from taking Darvocet. I hope no one else head to deal with this and its heart break[Show More]I took Darvocet after a surgery in 2010. I have had a heart aruthmia ever since. I'm going to the cardiologist today because outs gotten worse and I've had some scary episodes. I'm an active person who exercises and eats healthy so I'm not sure why I'm having more issues but I believe it's due to the heart arythmia from taking Darvocet. I hope no one else head to deal with this and its heart breaking to hear people have died from taking this drug too.

  • KristiApril 22, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Could my baby have developed ITP platelet condition from this medication cause I was on that and Zofran my entire pregnancy

  • SusanApril 14, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    I was taking the drug Darvocet for over a year for pain in my elbow . I was taking the drug in I think it was 2007 in i believe 2008 my dr. took me off the Darvocet cause I was having a recation to the drug,, I was itiching really bad. So aifter a few years of my heart doing weird things, I went to a heart dr. last year,. I had a lot of test done and I was told I have NSVT. So I dont know if [Show More]I was taking the drug Darvocet for over a year for pain in my elbow . I was taking the drug in I think it was 2007 in i believe 2008 my dr. took me off the Darvocet cause I was having a recation to the drug,, I was itiching really bad. So aifter a few years of my heart doing weird things, I went to a heart dr. last year,. I had a lot of test done and I was told I have NSVT. So I dont know if this is cause by the drug darvocet. There is no history of heart problems in my family.

  • AmandaJanuary 31, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    I was prescribed Darvocet and Celebrex (pre-recall) at the same time. I had the side effects. I felt like I was having a heart attack. Once it felt like death was in the room. Freaky stuff. I was just looking for relief from SLE, fibromyalgia, stage III endometriosis, & the beginning of MS (diagnosed 18 months later)...and taking care of our 3 young children. Personally, I'm GLAD the drug was ban[Show More]I was prescribed Darvocet and Celebrex (pre-recall) at the same time. I had the side effects. I felt like I was having a heart attack. Once it felt like death was in the room. Freaky stuff. I was just looking for relief from SLE, fibromyalgia, stage III endometriosis, & the beginning of MS (diagnosed 18 months later)...and taking care of our 3 young children. Personally, I'm GLAD the drug was banned. And honestly, some of the comments I've just read...Tsk Tsk...just show people don't do ANY research on their medical care or prescriptions (judging by the inability of being able to spell a medicine's NAME, it leads me to wonder about their entire comment). Oh and I have to say two other things. #1: the group at the forefront were actual victims of Darvocet & not out to ban ALL opiates or other pain medications. That comment sounds like an email hoax. #2: The FDA didn't ban this drug because the patent was up. That happens all the time, and hence...we get generics. The DRUG has been around since the 1950's and the manufacturer DID NOT CARE about people dying. You only know the tip of the iceberg. Do your research. Learn the facts about your health and learn about the medications you're prescribed (#1: the name). Be proactive! Eat healthy. Exercise (I do and I can't walk & it hurts...but it's IMPORTANT). And remember, each time a drug is removed from the market, 3 more pop up to take over that niche. I'm sure you've found relief like I have.

  • SusanOctober 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Here it is good people! I'm truly sorry for anyone who has lost a loved one, but the bottom line is this - we're all gonna die sometime from something. There is no drug (i repeat no drug) that isn't a problem for someone eventually. Everybody expects a guarantee that if they see a doctor or take a medicine or go to the hospital they won't die. Guess what? We're all gonna die eventually! If [Show More]Here it is good people! I'm truly sorry for anyone who has lost a loved one, but the bottom line is this - we're all gonna die sometime from something. There is no drug (i repeat no drug) that isn't a problem for someone eventually. Everybody expects a guarantee that if they see a doctor or take a medicine or go to the hospital they won't die. Guess what? We're all gonna die eventually! If you are going to take medications you have to accept that a risk exists. You accept risk when you drive a car, eat, or sit in Church. Darvocet is not a bad drug for the majority of people who used it - in fact it is the only medicine that helps for many. Your remedy for a drug that is misused or fatal is to file a lawsuit - why, cause you ain't bringin that person back...period. You roll the dice you take your chances. Me? I'd like a class action suit to bring darvocet back to all those folks who need it.

  • JohnAugust 31, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Josephine, the reason you are "swinging in the wind" is because you are addicted to it. The addiction to any medication, especially pain meds, causes any others to be useless. So a couple thousand that the drug works for is worth the THOUSANDS that have DIED because of it? How selfish can you people be? I would rather be in serious pain, which I am, then see people dieing from a drug that was kill[Show More]Josephine, the reason you are "swinging in the wind" is because you are addicted to it. The addiction to any medication, especially pain meds, causes any others to be useless. So a couple thousand that the drug works for is worth the THOUSANDS that have DIED because of it? How selfish can you people be? I would rather be in serious pain, which I am, then see people dieing from a drug that was killing people everyday, that were using it correctly. I guess I am being biased for thinking of the people that are dead now, that took the medication the way their doctor prescribed due to something they had no control over. Time is no longer of the essence for the people that lost loved ones, but I say we bring it back for the selfish few that refuse to live without a dangerous drug on the market.

  • JoeAugust 5, 2011 at 2:59 am

    Ok, well I have been reading the posts about the small handful that have no negative effect from this drug. I want to say you FEW are lucky, and it is a seriously dangerous drug if it is causing more problems then healing. For a drug to be safe, it has to have over 50% beneficial properties. However, this drug was released long before strict FDA rules were in place. Now, the FDA has realized exact[Show More]Ok, well I have been reading the posts about the small handful that have no negative effect from this drug. I want to say you FEW are lucky, and it is a seriously dangerous drug if it is causing more problems then healing. For a drug to be safe, it has to have over 50% beneficial properties. However, this drug was released long before strict FDA rules were in place. Now, the FDA has realized exactly how deadly this drug is, and did the smartest thing they could. Stop blaming the FDA for being power mad, when they are actually responsable for hundreds of deaths.

  • JosephineJune 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I spoke with the FDA. Was told THOUSANDS of patients have called them protesting ban on Darvocet. I was advised to ask my reps. in Congress to push for a reversal of the ban. I am in acute, chronic pain 24 hrs/daily. Darvocet only drug that gave me back some quality of life and a few hrs. of relief. No side effects whatsoever. After years of relying on it I am now "swinging in the wind" beca[Show More]I spoke with the FDA. Was told THOUSANDS of patients have called them protesting ban on Darvocet. I was advised to ask my reps. in Congress to push for a reversal of the ban. I am in acute, chronic pain 24 hrs/daily. Darvocet only drug that gave me back some quality of life and a few hrs. of relief. No side effects whatsoever. After years of relying on it I am now "swinging in the wind" because any substitute prescription from my doctor has proved useless. I'm trying to find the consumer group in Washington, D.C. that the FDA told me to support to have the ban lifted. So far, I cannot find them. Anyone know and can share info with me? Time is of the essence.

  • SandraMay 28, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    My Mother died suddenly years back. Sudden death syndrom. She took Darvocet for perhaps a year or more. Went from a healthy woman to a drug addict. Even gave up smoking. Which would have been strange. ANyway, I called her everyday. She spoke of vomiting, hard to swallow, did not walk two blocks to town anymore, dizzy, lightheaded, bloated up or overweight though same diet, hair loss, trying[Show More]My Mother died suddenly years back. Sudden death syndrom. She took Darvocet for perhaps a year or more. Went from a healthy woman to a drug addict. Even gave up smoking. Which would have been strange. ANyway, I called her everyday. She spoke of vomiting, hard to swallow, did not walk two blocks to town anymore, dizzy, lightheaded, bloated up or overweight though same diet, hair loss, trying to remember everything, started wearing pee pads, fell and afraid of falling. She did not tell me she was using darvocet, but I guess it did effect the quality of her life. Even though she was a young 76 and always thin and active, she became a drug addict. 3 times a day. She overdosed. One pill was left in her bottle when I went back to bury her. She had 7 days to go before prescription time. Yes, it does ruin peoples lives and kills them. And she was always telling me how tired she was. Nice, huh?

  • LucilleApril 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I have not taken Darvocet in about six or seven years but, at the time I was taking Darvocet, i was taking it very regularly. When I think of it now, i probably took too much, but it really was the only thing that worked. Las week I had an unexpected catherization. I had a 98% block in my heart and a 50% block in my heart. The doctors inserted a stent. So, now, for the rest of my life, I am ta[Show More]I have not taken Darvocet in about six or seven years but, at the time I was taking Darvocet, i was taking it very regularly. When I think of it now, i probably took too much, but it really was the only thing that worked. Las week I had an unexpected catherization. I had a 98% block in my heart and a 50% block in my heart. The doctors inserted a stent. So, now, for the rest of my life, I am taking plavix and a asprin a day. Can my heart problem be directly related to my use of Darvocet? I wonder?

  • DonMarch 19, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Does anyone think Sidney Wolfe and Public Citizen are going to stop with removing Darvocet from the market? No way--Their game is to get rid of all Opiates and all Opioids, and pain suffers be damned.

  • SteveMarch 13, 2011 at 7:09 am

    My mother passed away July 26th 2006 due to cardiac arithmia wich was caused by taking Darvocet. She was only 43 years old and a very active healthy woman. She was only taking the meds for a short time as she had just injured her back. If she would of never taken Darvocet she would still be here.

  • MaryMarch 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    There are side effects to every drug out there. There always have been. Unfortunately, many people are informed of risks - from addiction to death - take the medications anyway, then are shocked when they are negatively affected by side effects. Then they sue. And sue. And sue. The information on medications is out there...it's up to the consumer to take responsibility for what he or she put[Show More]There are side effects to every drug out there. There always have been. Unfortunately, many people are informed of risks - from addiction to death - take the medications anyway, then are shocked when they are negatively affected by side effects. Then they sue. And sue. And sue. The information on medications is out there...it's up to the consumer to take responsibility for what he or she puts into his or her own body. Yes, there are cses where negative effects are masked or hidden or denied by drug companies in order to avoid lawsuits. But there are way too many people who willingly ignore warnings and cautions, or just don't even bother to check out what they've been prescribed before they start taking it. Some will take or do anything their doctor tells them to - without asking what it is or why they're doing it. I used to schedule radiological tests for patients. I'd have to ask why they're having a particular test, so that the radiologist knew what he or she was looking for, and every day at least 3 or 4 would say "because my doctor told me". I'd try to get more information but they would have no idea why a doctor ordered a CT, or an MRI, or any number of other exams. The doctors aren't much better - a drug rep says "prescribe this" and they do. Every patient needs to take responsibility for their own health - if your doctor says "take this", ask what it's for, what the side effects are, why a test is being done, what it involves. If you're on this website, you have access to the internet - use it!!!! Don't stick your head in the sand and then cry "victim". If every drug with negative side effects was pulled from the market tomorrow, there would be nothing on the market at all.

  • LidaMarch 8, 2011 at 4:07 am

    I've taken Darvon 65 mg. for menstrual cramps as a teen-ager, for Peripheral Neuropathy, and IBS, as an adult, for many years now, with no ill effects at all, only relief from pain and spasm. It is the only pain relief drug that has no side effects, and really works for muscle spasm related pain. It's a great muscle relaxant, and I was appalled when it was finally removed from the market by FDA[Show More]I've taken Darvon 65 mg. for menstrual cramps as a teen-ager, for Peripheral Neuropathy, and IBS, as an adult, for many years now, with no ill effects at all, only relief from pain and spasm. It is the only pain relief drug that has no side effects, and really works for muscle spasm related pain. It's a great muscle relaxant, and I was appalled when it was finally removed from the market by FDA after years of relentless campaigning to have it removed, by Dr. Sidney Wolfe of Public Citizen. Neesless to say, I don't contribute to Public Citizen any more! Many people are being affected negatively by its removal, and in all the years I've taken it, I've never heard of any heart abnormalties or arrhythmias caused by this drug. I'd like to see these "statistics" its removal was based upon, which have not, to the best of my knowledge, been published anywhere! The real reason this drug was removed from the market was that many people were using it for "self-deliverance" and the Government and hospital system, doctors, etc. don't like people with Cancer and other terminal diseases "offing themselves" (for which this drug is very effective), because they lose billions of dollars for extended end-of-life care! Wake up America!!! What a travesty this is, and how many people will suffer in pain without this fine drug.

  • JanetFebruary 27, 2011 at 2:10 am

    I have taken Darvecot a good while ago. then I was put on Percert instead. I use it when I have a MRI image done or any test done that I am in an inclosed machine. I am clostaphic . I am a diabetic for about a year.In july 2010 I begin having some pain and pressure in the middle of my chest. After seeing my medical dr. then Cardologyist, then Surgeon I had to have Open- Heart surg[Show More]I have taken Darvecot a good while ago. then I was put on Percert instead. I use it when I have a MRI image done or any test done that I am in an inclosed machine. I am clostaphic . I am a diabetic for about a year.In july 2010 I begin having some pain and pressure in the middle of my chest. After seeing my medical dr. then Cardologyist, then Surgeon I had to have Open- Heart surgery and triple bi -pass on Sept.9th.2010 . I anm not taking either of them now. Thank You, Janet

  • PaulFebruary 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I took darvocet for about five months and I have been having a lot of irregular heart beats and not feeling well. I’m very afraid that i have some damage due to taking darvocet. What do I do or who do I consult with?

  • jasonFebruary 11, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I am a healthy 38 year old male who took Darvocet post op around 5 years ago. While taking the medication my heart would skip beats and speed up. This was very scary. I felt like I was having a heart attack. I have heard that the effects of the medication were not cumulative nut it is still doing it today and seems to be getting worse. I have went to the emergency room twice because I thought I wa[Show More]I am a healthy 38 year old male who took Darvocet post op around 5 years ago. While taking the medication my heart would skip beats and speed up. This was very scary. I felt like I was having a heart attack. I have heard that the effects of the medication were not cumulative nut it is still doing it today and seems to be getting worse. I have went to the emergency room twice because I thought I was having a heart attack.

  • cherylFebruary 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Been taking Darvocet over 20 years, no problem. The REAL story is, the patent expired and Darvocet is no longer worth MONEY to the drug companies. So they want us to take the more expensive and dangerous hydromorphone or Oxycontin. Drug companies now own the FDA. End of story.

  • LFebruary 9, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I have taken Darvocet for 10 years and never had a problem. It helped my pain ..Getting on a class action law suit is not as easy as you think..I had some medical problems before I took Darvocet so I know it was not the darvocet that caused it..Remember you get something for nothing..If it was truly darvocet that caused problems then get on the class action but dont try to fool anyone..

  • MikJanuary 31, 2011 at 1:46 am

    I have taken Darvocet for years due to spinal stenosis pain. I have tried surgeries, shots, implants, but nothing worked until the Darvocet. Then they took it off the market and have put me on Percoset which makes it where I am either half stoned all day or completely stoned. Yeah it takes away the pain but I can not function. I am disabled enough because of my back, taking a medication off the ma[Show More]I have taken Darvocet for years due to spinal stenosis pain. I have tried surgeries, shots, implants, but nothing worked until the Darvocet. Then they took it off the market and have put me on Percoset which makes it where I am either half stoned all day or completely stoned. Yeah it takes away the pain but I can not function. I am disabled enough because of my back, taking a medication off the market that worked without all the side effects of nausea, numbness, dizzyness etc. has just been more of a hinderance to those of us that have chronic health and pain problems.

  • TiffaniJanuary 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I have MVP (Mitral Valve Prolaspe) and have had continuing problems with my heart every since. Needless to say I have been taking Darvocet/Darvon for over twenty years, for one ailment or another. Many times the Docs tried to turn my pain to that of being im my head, wonder how many times 'Darvocet/Darvon' played a part in all the msery and pain I still have until this day. And wonder why the F[Show More]I have MVP (Mitral Valve Prolaspe) and have had continuing problems with my heart every since. Needless to say I have been taking Darvocet/Darvon for over twenty years, for one ailment or another. Many times the Docs tried to turn my pain to that of being im my head, wonder how many times 'Darvocet/Darvon' played a part in all the msery and pain I still have until this day. And wonder why the FDA played around with this drug for so long before a recall, 2006 up until now is a travesty!

  • LisaJanuary 29, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I have been, had been taking darvocet since 1990 when i had a ruptured disc and degenerative disc disease. i had a spinal fusion and was sent home with this med. i have been prescribed this medication for the last 21 years over and over again. in the last few years, i have begun having rapid heartbeats, i wake up in the middle of the night, and my heart is just racing away, i feel like it is going[Show More]I have been, had been taking darvocet since 1990 when i had a ruptured disc and degenerative disc disease. i had a spinal fusion and was sent home with this med. i have been prescribed this medication for the last 21 years over and over again. in the last few years, i have begun having rapid heartbeats, i wake up in the middle of the night, and my heart is just racing away, i feel like it is going to explode at times, these "spells" occur all the time. i have discussed with my dr. but he never seems to have any worries about it and never was i told that this drug was a danger to my heart. he just recently stopped prescribing, once the ban was issued, but had no suggestions for anything else and did not want to discuss the effects of the drug or if my heart racing episodes were connected. he just kind of blew me off about it. how can i find out the info i need, do i need to speak with an attorney, what do i need to do?

  • YaniseJanuary 22, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Hi Karla, we both seems to encounter the same problems. I am 33 years old I gave birth on 10/22/2010 this is not my first child. I was in the hospital for 3 days after my C-section. On 10/25/2010 I was released, I was fine with no complications. On 10/26/2010 I went to walmart feel out my prescription (Darvocet N-100 its generic version. A few days after taking it, I started having unbearable pain[Show More]Hi Karla, we both seems to encounter the same problems. I am 33 years old I gave birth on 10/22/2010 this is not my first child. I was in the hospital for 3 days after my C-section. On 10/25/2010 I was released, I was fine with no complications. On 10/26/2010 I went to walmart feel out my prescription (Darvocet N-100 its generic version. A few days after taking it, I started having unbearable pain thru my arms, and shoulders. I was nauseous, and felt dizzy. I would go to my shower every time I felt pain. I used warmed water to help ease it. Everyday I continued taking the pills. After eight days, of misery I had a terrible heart burn went to Walgreens, bought prolosec OTC it even made me feel worst. I taught I was going to die. It was that bad. Finally, the next day; I couldn't take it anymore. SO I went to the ER, I found out it was a heart attack, blood pressure rise up to 164/100 I nearly died that day. The cardiac surgeon thought that I had a blockage to my arteries. He inserts a stent thru my arms to my heart. He had lots of questions. He himself did not know the reasons why I end up with a heart attack. He was in shock because” he concluded that he only seen my case once in 10 years of med school”. I was watching TV. I heard there was a recall on Darvocet. Right away I knew this pain killer almost killed me. I know the heart surgeon will never admits that it was do to taking Darvocet that did this to me. Because I could not remember the name of the medication I was taking at the time of the incident. I was very confused that day. Of course these Doctors get big "gifts" from the drugs companies. They would do anything to keep you from the truth. But, I know the grace of God has keeping me alive; otherwise I probably would be buried somewhere right now. No one can tell me anything different.

  • sherylJanuary 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    and omg i just found out when i went to get my presciption filled today 1/20/2011.why no one told me or my doctor didnt call me why?wondering if thats why all the anxiety?i have been on this med for about 2 yrs if not longer.

  • HeatherJanuary 17, 2011 at 7:31 am

    I just found out about this when I went to the pharmacy to get my prescription refilled...and I am pretty upset with it. I don't take Darvocet that often, it's prescribed for my arthritis (both knees) and back pain (i have a straight cervical spine instead of curved which causes extreme migraines), but Ive never had a problem with it. I was on hydrocodone 10mg, but I couldn't move around or be nor[Show More]I just found out about this when I went to the pharmacy to get my prescription refilled...and I am pretty upset with it. I don't take Darvocet that often, it's prescribed for my arthritis (both knees) and back pain (i have a straight cervical spine instead of curved which causes extreme migraines), but Ive never had a problem with it. I was on hydrocodone 10mg, but I couldn't move around or be normal on it because I was completely numb. I am 26yrs old and a single parent to a 4yr old, I have to be able to function without being "doped up"...so now I don't know what I can take for the pain. I was getting steroid shots in the knees every 6wks but my ins isnt paying for those anymore...so this news with Darvocet is frankly upsetting!!!

  • KevinJanuary 11, 2011 at 2:32 am

    My twin brother Keith died of "acute propoxyphene intoxication" in November 2001, aged 20. It was an accidental Darvocet overdose. This recall is too little too late, but I am still glad they finally took this dangerous drug off the market. I recently published my first novel based on Keith's death, and was mentioned in the January 9, 2011 Sunday St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Anybody interested in [Show More]My twin brother Keith died of "acute propoxyphene intoxication" in November 2001, aged 20. It was an accidental Darvocet overdose. This recall is too little too late, but I am still glad they finally took this dangerous drug off the market. I recently published my first novel based on Keith's death, and was mentioned in the January 9, 2011 Sunday St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Anybody interested in a story about brotherly love, addiction, tragedy, and perseverance, please check out the story, and my novel: Post-Dispatch story: http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/books-and-literature/article_0bb86a3d-ac4f-5601-83a7-09632e7385e9.html Book Link: http://amzn.com/1452826544

  • margieJanuary 10, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I had been on Darvocet for over 12 years. It was prescribed for my nerve pain I suffered in my back and down my leg. It worked for me. I took 3 pills sometimes a day..or just 2. My prescription said....one pill 3 times a day as needed for pain, every 4-6 hours. I have been suffering from irregular heartbeats, to atrial fib at times, where my heart rate was so erratic, my husband could not take [Show More]I had been on Darvocet for over 12 years. It was prescribed for my nerve pain I suffered in my back and down my leg. It worked for me. I took 3 pills sometimes a day..or just 2. My prescription said....one pill 3 times a day as needed for pain, every 4-6 hours. I have been suffering from irregular heartbeats, to atrial fib at times, where my heart rate was so erratic, my husband could not take my pulse. I of course stopped taking it when it was pulled from the shelf. I still occassionaly have the irregularity in beats. Am I to suffer with this the rest of my life. I am 73 years old.

  • AnneJanuary 8, 2011 at 1:34 am

    And also, those of you who are posting about losing loved ones who took the drug for years, maybe that was the problem -- it was taken for years. Why should a drug that is the only one that works for people who are allergic to other painkillers be taken off the market? WE only want to use it after surgeries. ANY painkiller is dangerous if you take it for YEARS. I only want to be able to take it fo[Show More]And also, those of you who are posting about losing loved ones who took the drug for years, maybe that was the problem -- it was taken for years. Why should a drug that is the only one that works for people who are allergic to other painkillers be taken off the market? WE only want to use it after surgeries. ANY painkiller is dangerous if you take it for YEARS. I only want to be able to take it for 2-3 DAYS.

  • AnneJanuary 8, 2011 at 1:31 am

    So, the almighty FDA has withdrawn another useful and effective painkiller off the market. It's great news for hypochondriacs and lawsuit-happy people who want to blame all of their health problems on a drug, and not on the fact that they weigh 300 pounds and eat McDonalds while they sit on the couch every night, but what about people like me who are allergic to aspirin (which knocks out a WHOL[Show More]So, the almighty FDA has withdrawn another useful and effective painkiller off the market. It's great news for hypochondriacs and lawsuit-happy people who want to blame all of their health problems on a drug, and not on the fact that they weigh 300 pounds and eat McDonalds while they sit on the couch every night, but what about people like me who are allergic to aspirin (which knocks out a WHOLE class of prescription pain killers) and can't take Percoset? Darvocet has been the only pain reliever I could have after surgeries, and now that option has been taken from me. Darvocet is quite literally the only thing hospitals can give me; Percoset makes me hallucinate -- I say take THAT off the market! My only pain reliever option has been taken from me by the nanny state. I am allergic to so many things ... what am I supposed to do next time I have surgery? Chant and light a scented candle? And where do they get the idea Darvocet does not relieve pain? Have any of these government bureaucrats ever had a C-section? Darvocer got me through the aftermath of a C-section and gallbladder removal and worked just fine. I would be happy to sign a waiver and be allowed to take Darvocet, but nooooooooo, the government says I can't make my own decisions.

  • KateJanuary 6, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    I would like to take great exception with all of the comments from people who believe that the acetaminophen component of Darvocet is the only aspect of the drug that provides pain relief. I have had Fibromayalgia and Multiple Sclerosis for 20 years, and I am very, very sensitive to all medications. I can tell you that even Extra-Strength Tylenol does not begin to touch my pain when I have a ser[Show More]I would like to take great exception with all of the comments from people who believe that the acetaminophen component of Darvocet is the only aspect of the drug that provides pain relief. I have had Fibromayalgia and Multiple Sclerosis for 20 years, and I am very, very sensitive to all medications. I can tell you that even Extra-Strength Tylenol does not begin to touch my pain when I have a serious flare of FMS, or a really bad bout of spascticity from MS. Darvocet has been a life-saver for me for all of these past 20 years. I do not take it regularly. I only take it for break-through pain, it works great, and the only side effect it has for me is that it can cause some nausea if I take it on an empty stomach (which is true for all narcotics. I recently had a complete cardiac workup at the Mayo Clinic, and my heart is in great shape. It has given me relief from excruciating pain when my regular meds of Tylenol, NSAIDS, or Tramadol is not enough. I would like for everyone to remember that there are patients with CHRONIC pain, and for us it is a daily balancing act to just get through the day. For those of us who cannot take codeine, we do NOT have an alternative drug that is "just as good." If they are worried about overdosing, addiction, and suicide with Darvocet, why are the same concerns not just as valid for oxycodone (Vicodin) or Percocet, the next options after Darvocet if OTC pain killers or Tramadol is not strong enough? Do the powers that be actually believe that we will all be better off using Fentanyl or morphine! (Look up their side effects if you are not familiar with them.) Without Darvocet, these drugs are the next step up for severe chronic pain if a patient cannot take codeine. There are so many drugs that are prescribed daily for other medical conditions that have an even higher risk for heart conditions than Darvocet. I believe that a decision to take a drug such as this and to weigh the risk/benefit options should remain between a physician and his/her patient. How would all of the healthy, pain-free people, who came up with this idiotic idea, like to live with the side effects of the stronger, alternative drugs that will now be our only option, every day of their life? I would like to remind the Public Citizen group that for the niche of chronic-pain patients in this country who cannot tolerate codeine, they have just handed down a crushing blow to possibly millions of peoples' quality of life. Thank you very much, and also thank you FDA.

  • AmandaJanuary 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Well I am just finding out about the recall. I was prescribed Darvocat during my entire pregnancy for severe headaches, being told it was perfectly safe for the baby as well as myself. This is nice to know now. I am not having any issues but m concern is my child. I hope none of this effects him in the long run. He seems to be a happy healthy 4 month old!

  • LissaJanuary 5, 2011 at 4:47 am

    '@Kayla...I had a very similar situation happen to me with the heart failure after delivery...

  • DJJanuary 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    My brother recently died after taking the generic for Darvon, propxyphene, for several years. He had a sudden heart attack (actually 5-6 heart attacks). For those who want to continue using this drug, please know that its like playing russian roulette.

  • RitaJanuary 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I have taken generic Darvacet for twenty yrs for arthritis with no problems. They need to investigate Lortab, which is very addicting and does not help pain as well.

  • CelineDecember 29, 2010 at 5:02 am

    It's too late for my son, he died in October 2009 after taking the drug Darvon. While it may relieve your pain temporarily, the pain of loosing my son to this drug will never be relieved. One accidental death is too many, this drug is harmful and should be taken off the market. Imagine your child dying because of the harmful effect this drug. Kayla if you are reading this comment, I just want t[Show More]It's too late for my son, he died in October 2009 after taking the drug Darvon. While it may relieve your pain temporarily, the pain of loosing my son to this drug will never be relieved. One accidental death is too many, this drug is harmful and should be taken off the market. Imagine your child dying because of the harmful effect this drug. Kayla if you are reading this comment, I just want to let you know how thankful I am that you were able to get treatment. I don't know you, but knowing that you survived and are able to be there for your daughter is probably a miracle...

  • DianneDecember 24, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I have taken Darvon 65 mg off &on for over 20 years. I have never had a side effect due to this medication that allows a person to FUNCTION with CHRONIC PN. I have herniated discs , Fibromyalgia , connective tissue disease RA and also Osteo- arthritis. My husband is a Pharmacist & agrees that is a sad day for all of us who want to stay AWAY from the HEAVY- SCHEDULED NARCOTICS. I a[Show More]I have taken Darvon 65 mg off &on for over 20 years. I have never had a side effect due to this medication that allows a person to FUNCTION with CHRONIC PN. I have herniated discs , Fibromyalgia , connective tissue disease RA and also Osteo- arthritis. My husband is a Pharmacist & agrees that is a sad day for all of us who want to stay AWAY from the HEAVY- SCHEDULED NARCOTICS. I am 61 yrs old & have about 15 pills left and I suffer To RATION the last of my prescriptions. This should be the PATIENTS CHOICE. READ the warning LABELS on other meds_________________.

  • KaylaDecember 21, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    I am 22 years old and had heart failure after I had my baby. Here is my story: On 9/15/10 I gave birth to a precious baby girl. On 9/17/10 I was released from the hospital everything was fine blood pressure normal. I was given a prescription of darvacte for the pain. I filled my meds on the way home from the hospital and started taking them that day. On 9/19/10 @ 3:30 a.m. i woke up from my sleep [Show More]I am 22 years old and had heart failure after I had my baby. Here is my story: On 9/15/10 I gave birth to a precious baby girl. On 9/17/10 I was released from the hospital everything was fine blood pressure normal. I was given a prescription of darvacte for the pain. I filled my meds on the way home from the hospital and started taking them that day. On 9/19/10 @ 3:30 a.m. i woke up from my sleep and was coughing and having trouble breathing it sounded like I was drowning when I took a breath, I knew something was wrong so I rushed to the er and was told there was something wrong with my heart, and the fluid was going back into my lungs. I was admited to the hospital and was told I was very lucky I didnt just lay back down and go to sleep. (Keep in mind that I just had a baby 4 days before.) They ran test after test and couldnt find a reason for my to have heart failure. I stayed in the hospital for 4 days on oxygen receving water pills to get the fluid out of my lungs from my heart. I still have a leaking valve due to the heart failure. My pregnancy was normal no high blood pressure no problems at all. I know that Darvace caused my heart failure and almost took my life. So for all of you people who wish to keep taking this medicine I hope you never have to go through what I went through it is very scary when your heart stops working. And the feeling of thinking you are going to die right after you had your baby is something that I will remember for the rest of my life.

  • MargieDecember 18, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I have used darvacet for 15 years for lower back pain. I've never had any heart problem or any adverse side affects whatsoever. It works and allows me to function without drowsiness. I'm sorry for those people who have had heart problems due to the use of darvacet, but I will miss them and want to continue taking them. My primary care physician is a cardiologist and he has never known them to [Show More]I have used darvacet for 15 years for lower back pain. I've never had any heart problem or any adverse side affects whatsoever. It works and allows me to function without drowsiness. I'm sorry for those people who have had heart problems due to the use of darvacet, but I will miss them and want to continue taking them. My primary care physician is a cardiologist and he has never known them to be a problem in his 40 years of practce. Please put them back on the shelf for those of us who have no adverse reaction to the dru

  • EleenDecember 17, 2010 at 2:25 am

    When Darvon first came out, I was 12 and had just started my period, and the pain was well beyond OTC help. My doctor prescribed what was then called Darvon Compound. It contained 65mg of propoxyphene and ACP, "aspirin, caffeine, phenacetin." It got me through high school, college and grad school before my cycle changed. In the meantime phenacetin was withdrawn from the market, the caffeine was ta[Show More]When Darvon first came out, I was 12 and had just started my period, and the pain was well beyond OTC help. My doctor prescribed what was then called Darvon Compound. It contained 65mg of propoxyphene and ACP, "aspirin, caffeine, phenacetin." It got me through high school, college and grad school before my cycle changed. In the meantime phenacetin was withdrawn from the market, the caffeine was taken out, and aspirin changed to acetominophen. I began taking it again several years ago, minus the acetominophen, for breakthrough pain following a severe injury. It has never caused me any problems at all over 50 years of intermittent use.

  • PatriciaDecember 14, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I have just spoken with Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals about Darvocet being removed from the market. I sugest everyone call that number and keep calling until we get this changed. And keep posting your coments. This is an affordable pain killer with no side affects. It's absolutely ludicrest to remove a medication that helps so many people.

  • JosephDecember 13, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    I am truly sorry for those of you that are losing the one medication that worked for you, and I do agree with a lot of you on the situation. However, how is a doctor or person to know that they have a weak heart prior to taking the medication? If it was up to me there would not be any man-made pain relievers but natural ones. All medications have undesirable side effects, some worse than others, b[Show More]I am truly sorry for those of you that are losing the one medication that worked for you, and I do agree with a lot of you on the situation. However, how is a doctor or person to know that they have a weak heart prior to taking the medication? If it was up to me there would not be any man-made pain relievers but natural ones. All medications have undesirable side effects, some worse than others, but I believe that the medical fields have over-looked these so that they could line their pockets. If all states legalized the natural relief than the pharmacuetical companies would lose a fortune since they would be unable to sell their products. Read my previous post to understand more about my case, and NO I am not looking for money or any reimbursment, since cash won't help my condition.

  • WilDecember 12, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I have taken Darvocet for over 10 yrs as needed for fibromyalsia pain along with flexeril and had no ill effects. The only other thing that relieves the chronic pain besides darvocet is not legal in my state. I'm with the others above--FDA needs a radical overhaul if they are just now getting around to banning a drug that has been on the market, used successfully, for more than 50 years because DR[Show More]I have taken Darvocet for over 10 yrs as needed for fibromyalsia pain along with flexeril and had no ill effects. The only other thing that relieves the chronic pain besides darvocet is not legal in my state. I'm with the others above--FDA needs a radical overhaul if they are just now getting around to banning a drug that has been on the market, used successfully, for more than 50 years because DRs couldn't find anything else to blame a death due to heart arrythmia. Every individual is unique and I'm sorry for those that have lost but what is the ratio to loss versus those that it has helped?? I'm for the natural relief...will just have to move cause there isn't anything else available now.

  • CarolDecember 12, 2010 at 5:41 am

    This is about more government interference and control. They take away a simple pain killer we have all used for years. If we take something stronger, we can function less. Then the gov't can continue with their clandestine activities and affairs and we WON"T care because we will be too sedated. If we examine other meds, be it Sheduled drugs or not, there can be side effects. This is NOT about[Show More]This is about more government interference and control. They take away a simple pain killer we have all used for years. If we take something stronger, we can function less. Then the gov't can continue with their clandestine activities and affairs and we WON"T care because we will be too sedated. If we examine other meds, be it Sheduled drugs or not, there can be side effects. This is NOT about patient safety, it is the government's desire to ensure more of us become complacent and obedient so they have less and less accountability. Who was this advisory panel anyway? A small group of those not chronically ill?? Or is it possible, perhaps, they are the ones that look the other way when the (illegal) drugs deals go down right there on Penssylvania Avenue?

  • sandraDecember 11, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I am so upset!!! How could they let this go on for 57 years and people dying and not know what this drug was doing!! I took it for years and now I have a pacemaker and defib.! They actually made my heart worse than what it was. The electrodes went out in my heart and I almost died to the point my family was called in. By the grace of God I had a wonderful md wjho put me in a temporary pacemaker un[Show More]I am so upset!!! How could they let this go on for 57 years and people dying and not know what this drug was doing!! I took it for years and now I have a pacemaker and defib.! They actually made my heart worse than what it was. The electrodes went out in my heart and I almost died to the point my family was called in. By the grace of God I had a wonderful md wjho put me in a temporary pacemaker until they could get me to a bigger hosp. and I got pacemaker and defib. i still used darvocet for pain and heart was still irruglar..I stopped immediately and my heart is beating the rate they set the pacemaker on and has not skipped since. If only I had known I would be in better health and not have gone through so much suffering and fear!!! I think they should pay for what they did after all they had 57 years to study this drug! How many have to die or go through what I did for them to find out.

  • BeccaDecember 11, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I have been taking the generic version for years with no problems. I have extensive nerve damage in my leg and like others,the darvocet is the only one that is mild enough to let me function as a human being without side effects. My doctor said I had a heart like a horse at my last check-up. So now what do I do? Stay drugged senseless, or lie in my bed all day unable to move because of the pain?

  • JosephDecember 9, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I was on Propoxyhene-n/APAP for just a short time, two years ago. Since then I have had multiple trips to the ER due to heart related issues, and I am still suffering from them. I have severe osteoarthritis and degenerative disk disorder, and I refuse to take anymore pain meds so that I can function somewhat normally. I have one thing to say to those people who are/were lucky enough to NOT have an[Show More]I was on Propoxyhene-n/APAP for just a short time, two years ago. Since then I have had multiple trips to the ER due to heart related issues, and I am still suffering from them. I have severe osteoarthritis and degenerative disk disorder, and I refuse to take anymore pain meds so that I can function somewhat normally. I have one thing to say to those people who are/were lucky enough to NOT have any issues with these meds, good for you, you were the lucky few. Also shame on you for bad mouthing those of us who are suffering from taking the drug or losing someone to it, how dare you?

  • C.MelvilleDecember 8, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    '@ Julie (20 Nov) - it is NOT uncommon for an 80 yo person to develop afib after surgery OR to suffer a stroke. Stroke is a potential risk for almost ANY surgery at ANY age. To think that one or two Darvocets caused this in your mother is ridiculous! @ Cynthia (Nov 20) - What about the lives Tylenol has claimed through overdose/hepatic failure? Should we recall Tylenol because people are stupid[Show More]'@ Julie (20 Nov) - it is NOT uncommon for an 80 yo person to develop afib after surgery OR to suffer a stroke. Stroke is a potential risk for almost ANY surgery at ANY age. To think that one or two Darvocets caused this in your mother is ridiculous! @ Cynthia (Nov 20) - What about the lives Tylenol has claimed through overdose/hepatic failure? Should we recall Tylenol because people are stupid enough to overdose on it? @ Hannah (20 Nov) - if you have liver dz, you shouldn't be taking Darvocet because it has TYLENOL--NOT because of the propoxyphene! @ sms - Agree with you! @ Elizabeth (21 Nov) - read the article!!! It plainly states that the drug's effects do NOT have a cumulative effect. If you stop taking it, you are OK. You do NOT have permanent damage from Darvocet. BOTTOM LINE: There are MANY meds that give people undesirable side effects. If you take something that is affecting you adversely, then STOP TAKING IT!!! (you don't have to be a pharnacist to know that). For the rest of us who can take this drug without problems, then the gov't should let us continue taking it. Like many others, I will now have to try to find something else to take that will still allow me to function without affecting either my mentition or my stomach.

  • paulaDecember 6, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    i have taken darvocet since 72,i am not dead yet from darvocet,it is a easier pain medication to take,it is a lot milder than the other pain meds..i have done very well on darvocet,i dont know any other pain med i can take and function,the other pain meds have worse side effects,leave our mild pain meds alone...take oxycotin off the market,count the people oxcotin has killed.

  • LisaDecember 6, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I've been taking DCN-100 for 34 years off & on for various pain(cramps, arthritis ect) It works for me without side effects. I'm a nurse-been giving this med for years with no ill effects. My question "who's making money off of this decision?!" Come on folks! Does the FDA have stock in the Lortab co.?? My Dad's been taking it since it came out-can't take anti-inflammatories cause of stomach pr[Show More]I've been taking DCN-100 for 34 years off & on for various pain(cramps, arthritis ect) It works for me without side effects. I'm a nurse-been giving this med for years with no ill effects. My question "who's making money off of this decision?!" Come on folks! Does the FDA have stock in the Lortab co.?? My Dad's been taking it since it came out-can't take anti-inflammatories cause of stomach probs. Lawyers & drug co make the money off of these recalls & us poor folks have to either deal with the pain or change to another med!! Where's Jesse Ventura!?!

  • RonDecember 6, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    The only non invasive medicine for pain that has no harsh side effects and in low dosses can still allow you to function at work is- Marijuana. Not some chemical replacement either- those are killing people. If you are in pain and this recall has affected you. Write your local legislation, sign up for Indiana Norml, and stand with us to get a natural God created medicine Re-legalized(1937). Hemp p[Show More]The only non invasive medicine for pain that has no harsh side effects and in low dosses can still allow you to function at work is- Marijuana. Not some chemical replacement either- those are killing people. If you are in pain and this recall has affected you. Write your local legislation, sign up for Indiana Norml, and stand with us to get a natural God created medicine Re-legalized(1937). Hemp protien was made for our bodies. Read it for yourself. We could actually servive for years on 4T of hemp protien powder- Why do you think God made it for?

  • ChristieDecember 6, 2010 at 3:22 am

    I have been on Darvocet for 25 years for pain (I have MS, DDD, spinal stenosis--you get the pic); as others have stated--this med doesn't completely take the pain away, but it has been the only thing that did not upset my stomach (tried those others w/codeine, ugh); allows me to function like a human being; and I HAVE HAD NOT ONE PROBLEM with this med. Don't like this situation we have been throw[Show More]I have been on Darvocet for 25 years for pain (I have MS, DDD, spinal stenosis--you get the pic); as others have stated--this med doesn't completely take the pain away, but it has been the only thing that did not upset my stomach (tried those others w/codeine, ugh); allows me to function like a human being; and I HAVE HAD NOT ONE PROBLEM with this med. Don't like this situation we have been thrown in. I believe these deaths were not caused by this medication, but the individuals had another underlying cause and it's a way to get money from the drug companies.

  • DebbieDecember 5, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    I was prescribed Darvocet 1 1/2 years ago for back pain. I have been having rapid heart rate, shortness of breath and dizziness.

  • jessicaDecember 5, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    i was given darvocet for back pain. I never had panic attacks or anything else until i took the pill. Now i constantly have nerve problems and panic attacks,along with anxiety.

  • daleDecember 4, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    have been taking the generic version of darvon/darvocet since mid 90`s around dec 27th of 2004 ihad a clot that broke off from the aorta of my heart and went to my left leg & required surgery which ended up with me having to go on disability was wondering if taken the pain meds had anything to do with it & more recently in october of 2009 had to have double bypass surgery and ended up wit[Show More]have been taking the generic version of darvon/darvocet since mid 90`s around dec 27th of 2004 ihad a clot that broke off from the aorta of my heart and went to my left leg & required surgery which ended up with me having to go on disability was wondering if taken the pain meds had anything to do with it & more recently in october of 2009 had to have double bypass surgery and ended up with abnormal heart ryhmn.

  • Lisa NDecember 2, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I have been taking Darvocet since the 90's and had to up it to Darvocet-Acetimitophen. What have people died of?? What am I supposed to do now? Why didn't anyone tell me?? I have chronic pain and fatigue which I have everyday and I get through the day only with the Darvocet. How will my body react when I have been on it since the 90's I am very panicy and scared of how I will get through this[Show More]I have been taking Darvocet since the 90's and had to up it to Darvocet-Acetimitophen. What have people died of?? What am I supposed to do now? Why didn't anyone tell me?? I have chronic pain and fatigue which I have everyday and I get through the day only with the Darvocet. How will my body react when I have been on it since the 90's I am very panicy and scared of how I will get through this.

  • KathyDecember 2, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Wow just getting the news about Darvocet. I had surgery in August and have been taking this drug for 3 + months. Recently my heart rate started to rise, leaving me short of breath and having chest pains. I went to the doctor and am going through all the test for a heart condition. I am 46 years old and have taken Darvocet over the years for various reasons. Now I'm wondering why I have not been wa[Show More]Wow just getting the news about Darvocet. I had surgery in August and have been taking this drug for 3 + months. Recently my heart rate started to rise, leaving me short of breath and having chest pains. I went to the doctor and am going through all the test for a heart condition. I am 46 years old and have taken Darvocet over the years for various reasons. Now I'm wondering why I have not been warned about this in the past.Today I was sent an email from a lawyer concerning a class action law suite. That is NOT the way patients should be given information concerning the potiential threat of a medication. I will be talking to my health care provider tomorrow.

  • bruceDecember 1, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Exactly when are people going to get it hteir heads that THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A SAFE MEDICATION ?? We might as well start suing peanut farmers for growing peanuts that kill people from chocking on them and those who die from being allergic to them

  • GlennNovember 29, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I've taken Darvocet since 1968, for headache, and once took 12 Darvocet 100's per day for two weeks for herniated disk. It worked well, and there was no withdrawal when I stopped. 2000 deaths over 50 years with 22 million patients seems a bit low to cause much worry. It is more likely that some powerful legal groups are looking to replenish the supply of class lawsuits as some of the others are[Show More]I've taken Darvocet since 1968, for headache, and once took 12 Darvocet 100's per day for two weeks for herniated disk. It worked well, and there was no withdrawal when I stopped. 2000 deaths over 50 years with 22 million patients seems a bit low to cause much worry. It is more likely that some powerful legal groups are looking to replenish the supply of class lawsuits as some of the others are being milked dry. There are no drugs that both work, and have no risk or side effects for anyone.

  • SueNovember 27, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    I have been taking Darvocet for 10 years for Lupus. It has worked well for me, and I have had no problems. I had not even heard of this recall until I went to pick up my medication from Walmart, and they said that they no longer sell it. They said all other pharmacies they know of have also stopped selling. Now I have to call the doctor and find out what option is available. Have been on ever[Show More]I have been taking Darvocet for 10 years for Lupus. It has worked well for me, and I have had no problems. I had not even heard of this recall until I went to pick up my medication from Walmart, and they said that they no longer sell it. They said all other pharmacies they know of have also stopped selling. Now I have to call the doctor and find out what option is available. Have been on every other med from oxycodone to fentanol. The side effects from them were extreme for me.

  • R.L.November 27, 2010 at 1:29 am

    If you listen to all the drug related ads on TV, you wonder why they would even market the drugs. Darvon and Darvocet never did work for me; aspirin was just as good, but I was first prescribed this medication in the early 70's I think. So NOW they decide it's bad for you? Reminds me of a family friend who died a few years ago at 101. He smoked and drank all of his life, and the first thing pe[Show More]If you listen to all the drug related ads on TV, you wonder why they would even market the drugs. Darvon and Darvocet never did work for me; aspirin was just as good, but I was first prescribed this medication in the early 70's I think. So NOW they decide it's bad for you? Reminds me of a family friend who died a few years ago at 101. He smoked and drank all of his life, and the first thing people said when they heard he was gone was that the cigarettes finally got him. If 22 Million people take it and 2000 have died in 50+ years, why not let the pt. decide if they should take it? Automobiles should have this good a track record!

  • LynneNovember 26, 2010 at 3:40 am

    Who cares about a few palpitations when I Need pain relief? This ban on darvocet is ridiculous. I'd rather die without the crippling pain than live in constant agony. You people who don't react well on the drug; don't take it anymore. Don't complain that others shouldn't have it because you don't want it. Grow up

  • PaulaNovember 24, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    In 2009 my orthopedic had me take Darvocet for knee pain. Over the course of six months now, I've had heart palputations that lasted over an hour going at the rate of 168+ per minute. After a trip to ER, I was told this is not common to have palputations, sent me home. The next few days, another attack. That time I didn't go to the ER but called my doctor the next day. A referral to cardiolog[Show More]In 2009 my orthopedic had me take Darvocet for knee pain. Over the course of six months now, I've had heart palputations that lasted over an hour going at the rate of 168+ per minute. After a trip to ER, I was told this is not common to have palputations, sent me home. The next few days, another attack. That time I didn't go to the ER but called my doctor the next day. A referral to cardiologist and a long list of heart tests later, I still have them. Puzzle to the heart doctor as well and never once asked me if I was taking Darvocet/Darvon. Not even yesterday when I went to see him. Next Monday, we will have a chat because this is a scary thought to think I could just fall over and die.

  • KarenNovember 24, 2010 at 3:41 am

    I'm so discouraged. I am 35 and have taken darvocet for over a year now for bulging thoracic disks and muscle spasm related pain. I have had surgery, and now doctors say more surgery will not necessarily help. In the meantime, I'm supposed to take darvocet so can at least 1/2 way function at my job and be a mother of 3. What do I do? I don't want to take more addictive drugs, and most make me[Show More]I'm so discouraged. I am 35 and have taken darvocet for over a year now for bulging thoracic disks and muscle spasm related pain. I have had surgery, and now doctors say more surgery will not necessarily help. In the meantime, I'm supposed to take darvocet so can at least 1/2 way function at my job and be a mother of 3. What do I do? I don't want to take more addictive drugs, and most make me sick to my stomach anyway. I could cry.

  • ClarenceNovember 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    I have been taking Darvocet for arthritis pain now for over 12 years and have had no ill effects yet. I take 2 daily and it is the only thing that has worked for me. Sure hope they get this straightend out soon.

  • PatriciaNovember 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    My mother is 103. Has been taking Darvocet since she lost her leg at 95. She only takes it at night when she has phantom pain from her missing leg. She has never had a problem with the drug, but it is also the only drug that helps. I don't know what will happen to her now. Think it is pretty stupid to take it off the market without warning. I found out when I took her prescription from the [Show More]My mother is 103. Has been taking Darvocet since she lost her leg at 95. She only takes it at night when she has phantom pain from her missing leg. She has never had a problem with the drug, but it is also the only drug that helps. I don't know what will happen to her now. Think it is pretty stupid to take it off the market without warning. I found out when I took her prescription from the doctor to the pharmacy yesterday that it had been recalled.

  • PamelaNovember 23, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Share information you wish to be published on this page...I have taken Darvocet for over 11 years and never had any probblems. I have Fibromyalgia and it helps my pain so i can function. it doesnt hurt my stomach like other pain meds. Now i cant take it. Im really upset that i have to take another pain killer that does upset my stomach and make me drowsy.

  • MARTHANovember 23, 2010 at 12:09 am

    I have been on Darvocet N 100 for over 30 years. Since I am on Coumadin it is the best pain reliever for me. It makes me able to have a pain free day. I see a Pain Medicine Doctor and she evens would like me to take it more each day . However, I take one in the am and that will hold me until dinner. The other alternatives are much nore addictive and have more side effects. I hope they recon[Show More]I have been on Darvocet N 100 for over 30 years. Since I am on Coumadin it is the best pain reliever for me. It makes me able to have a pain free day. I see a Pain Medicine Doctor and she evens would like me to take it more each day . However, I take one in the am and that will hold me until dinner. The other alternatives are much nore addictive and have more side effects. I hope they reconsider this decision. I am not addicted to it and have had no ill effects from it in all these years.

  • KathyNovember 22, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    I have been on Darvon 65mg (1-2) every 2 hours as needed. I have very painful CLEAR stents (they only show up in ultrasound-maybe) in both kidneys and ureters since Jan 1998, It wasn't until I started proppoxyphene 65mg (2 only equal 130mg) that I got any relief without any side effects that the other drugs have and allow me to function as much as I can, because I need to never forget how I can m[Show More]I have been on Darvon 65mg (1-2) every 2 hours as needed. I have very painful CLEAR stents (they only show up in ultrasound-maybe) in both kidneys and ureters since Jan 1998, It wasn't until I started proppoxyphene 65mg (2 only equal 130mg) that I got any relief without any side effects that the other drugs have and allow me to function as much as I can, because I need to never forget how I can move to prevent these stents from bending (the pain was so great that I passed out 2x) or they can even poke thru causing me to bleed to death!!! HELP !!!

  • BettyNovember 22, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    I have taken Darvacet for four years, and never had 1 side effect? I have small chlidren to take care of and the only other medicine I will take would be Lortab7.5 to replace the 2 darvacet a day that I have be prescribed.

  • KellyNovember 22, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    I have been taking Darvocet for some time to ease the pain of my fibromyalgia. Is there another drug that is comparable as far as how it works? I'v found the Darvocet to be a lifesaver for me. What are the statistics that they are basing these "facts" on? Also, I understand that some countried took this off of their markets years ago? What was it that they found??

  • gelliottNovember 22, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I am of the same mind as diane. I can't take anything else or I wouldn't be able to function. It cuts the edge off my pain. It doesn't take it completely away but that's not surprising since what would will knock me on my behind. I have taken the generic version of Darvocet N 100 off and on for probably 11 years for anything from fibromyalgia, spinal fusion, cervical fusion and other spinal a[Show More]I am of the same mind as diane. I can't take anything else or I wouldn't be able to function. It cuts the edge off my pain. It doesn't take it completely away but that's not surprising since what would will knock me on my behind. I have taken the generic version of Darvocet N 100 off and on for probably 11 years for anything from fibromyalgia, spinal fusion, cervical fusion and other spinal ailments. I have had no adverse affects.

  • ChrisNovember 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I have been on darvoect n 100 for over a year now as a break thew pain medication. When I was put on it I was warned about the side effects that could damage my heart, and was told to only take as needed. Which means no more then 6 pills a day..... Recently I have had major stomach issues taking the medication and had to be put on Zofran to be able to keep taking it. My only other option for pain[Show More]I have been on darvoect n 100 for over a year now as a break thew pain medication. When I was put on it I was warned about the side effects that could damage my heart, and was told to only take as needed. Which means no more then 6 pills a day..... Recently I have had major stomach issues taking the medication and had to be put on Zofran to be able to keep taking it. My only other option for pain medications is Morphine which I do not want to be put on. Iwas on the phone with a friend when I found out about to recall or I wouldnt have known...... One of the comments posted above about the loss of a child. It never gets easier. The pain never goes away. You just get better at dealing with it over time. But the pain is always there. My daughter died in 92 So I understand how she is feeling

  • DonaldNovember 22, 2010 at 6:33 am

    After taking PROPOXN-100/APAP650 I started to have bouts of abdominal and upper back pain.

  • EllenNovember 22, 2010 at 4:52 am

    My husband dropped dead in 2007 at the age of 35 years old. The autopsy report stated cause of death was sudden cardiac death. He had been on Darvocet after having knee surgery 3 months earlier. Now I'm wondering if his death was due to the Darvocet.

  • DebiNovember 22, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Taken darvocet for 4 1/2 yrs for pain after auto accident. Last few yrs had heart related issues and testing came up as no problem. I'm sitting here now tonight with a racing heartrate and heard about this from FOX News this am. Recently taking aspirin as pre-requirement for Niaspam (cholesterol lowering) med and I love my coffee daily. So, the combo of darvocet/aspirin/caffeine are now bad fo[Show More]Taken darvocet for 4 1/2 yrs for pain after auto accident. Last few yrs had heart related issues and testing came up as no problem. I'm sitting here now tonight with a racing heartrate and heard about this from FOX News this am. Recently taking aspirin as pre-requirement for Niaspam (cholesterol lowering) med and I love my coffee daily. So, the combo of darvocet/aspirin/caffeine are now bad for me. Also, take Lyrica which helps from muscle pain. The combination lf Lyrica/Davrocet was working but now must STOP! Who wants heart problems at 58 yrs.

  • elizabethNovember 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I took darvocet for three months and I have been having a lot of irregular heart beats and not feeling well. I'm very afraid that i have some damage due to taking darvocet. What do I do or who do I consult with?

  • smsNovember 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I have been taking Darvocet N100 for 26 years. There are too many health problems to go into now but this medication works for me. How can they pull a med with no advanced warning to patients using the drug? I think this is another Celebrex situation. They pulled Celebrex and the backlash was so great, I think they put it back on the market. It took 53 years for them to come to the conclusion[Show More]I have been taking Darvocet N100 for 26 years. There are too many health problems to go into now but this medication works for me. How can they pull a med with no advanced warning to patients using the drug? I think this is another Celebrex situation. They pulled Celebrex and the backlash was so great, I think they put it back on the market. It took 53 years for them to come to the conclusion this med was dangerous. Have you heard some of the side effects of new meds flooding the airwaves every day. Some of them can give you TB and are fatal and those are allowed. Why can't the government pull out of our lives for once? We know ourselves better then they do!!

  • smsNovember 21, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    I have taken Darvocet N100 for 26 years! I have too many

  • AnneNovember 21, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I have taken this for several years because other medications for arthritis hurt my stomach. What do I do now? I have not had any trouble with it

  • HannahNovember 21, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I've taken Darvocet and the generic pill. And I found out that the medication was recalled by some one I had happened to be on the phone with that night or I would had never known. what kinda shit is that I have cirrohsis of the liver and Hepto-pulmonary syndrome. Plus I am diabitec, What you people trying to kill me?! Or What!!!!!! We should be notifed by our doctors, Not hear it from the news a[Show More]I've taken Darvocet and the generic pill. And I found out that the medication was recalled by some one I had happened to be on the phone with that night or I would had never known. what kinda shit is that I have cirrohsis of the liver and Hepto-pulmonary syndrome. Plus I am diabitec, What you people trying to kill me?! Or What!!!!!! We should be notifed by our doctors, Not hear it from the news and /or friend. The FDA should contact the peoples doctors and let us know so there isn't a panic. This is our lives you are screwing with. What should we do? Oh, I forgot to mention that I also have a small hole in my heart do to a murmur I believe, but not sure but I do know it is there, when the doctors did a cardio - cath and a TEE what ever that is.

  • NancyNovember 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    I find it interesting that as an RN for 40 years, I have never heard about these risks from Darvon/Darvocet. I have taken it for arthritis, as it has some pain relieving effect without causing drowsiness. I also developed atrial fibrilation.

  • FayeNovember 20, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    i have been on dorvcets for years for pain..i have had several angioplasties..a total bypass down right leg..i have heart arrympthia..pad and now pvd...and still on dorvacets....my heart arrythmia is really bad now....

  • CynthiaNovember 20, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    What about the lives this drug has already claimed? What are they doing for those families?

  • DeniseNovember 20, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I have been prescribed Darvocet for quite a few months now due to a pancreatic hemorrhage and now suffering from gastroparesis (coupled with other issues from contraindications from meds. prescribed). Although my physicians have been well-aware of my pre-existing condition of mitral valve prolapse (bi-jimminy and pre-ventricular contractions accompany), I have suffered a set-back with this condit[Show More]I have been prescribed Darvocet for quite a few months now due to a pancreatic hemorrhage and now suffering from gastroparesis (coupled with other issues from contraindications from meds. prescribed). Although my physicians have been well-aware of my pre-existing condition of mitral valve prolapse (bi-jimminy and pre-ventricular contractions accompany), I have suffered a set-back with this condition along with a very low resting heart rate (ranging from 36-42) possibly due to the effects of Darvocet. I have just recently been brought to awareness of this side effect (nevertheless, the serious side effect) on the news (not from physicians).

  • GailNovember 20, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I took Darvocet every day for approximately eight years because of an extremely painful nerve disorder. A couple of years ago I switched to Percocet because the Darvocet just wasn't working. And now this. I don't see any numbers indicating what the statistical chance of developing heart disease from Darvocet is or how many deaths can truly be attributed to Darvocet. I will be calling my phar[Show More]I took Darvocet every day for approximately eight years because of an extremely painful nerve disorder. A couple of years ago I switched to Percocet because the Darvocet just wasn't working. And now this. I don't see any numbers indicating what the statistical chance of developing heart disease from Darvocet is or how many deaths can truly be attributed to Darvocet. I will be calling my pharmacist as soon as the store opens. However, I also don't trust my government at all when it comes to drugs. I have seen the lies about marijuana and realize the DEA is run by a bunch of Puritans who will lie with a smile on their face to prevent use of a totally benign drug. They're protecting their jobs and pensions. So I'm not sure how much of this to believe. There were 2,000 deaths attributable to suicide or overdose of Darvocet over more than 50 years? How does that compare to aspirin? I'll wait before I panic and hope that some real science is presented as evidence before the FDA bans Darvon/Darvocet.

  • JulieNovember 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    In 1990 my mother, then 80, had surgery to remove her ovaries. During the night she reacted to the pain medication which I recall was Darvocet. Her surgery incision broke open, atrial fibrillation set in, and she had a stroke. When I saw her in the morning she neither recognized me nor spoke English..........only Swedish/Norwegian

  • dianneNovember 20, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I would like to know how many people have died using darvocet. This drug has worked good for me for years taken as the dr precribed. So now what is left. The other pain medications I have been told about is Oxcodone and its relatives. I have to function in society and be able to keep my mind clear. All the others do not allow me to do so. I need more information to make this a sound decision [Show More]I would like to know how many people have died using darvocet. This drug has worked good for me for years taken as the dr precribed. So now what is left. The other pain medications I have been told about is Oxcodone and its relatives. I have to function in society and be able to keep my mind clear. All the others do not allow me to do so. I need more information to make this a sound decision on the part of the fda.

  • BarbaraNovember 20, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    After 5 open heart surgeries, with in 2 months time, my husband has been taking Propoxphene for over 10 years. He did have a pace maker put in because of heart rhythm abnormalities. He has had some issues with depression. However, he has trouble taking other pain medications and darvocet seems to work the best for him.

  • DeannaNovember 20, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I have a friend that lost her daughter to Darvocet about 1 1/2 years ago. It has been the hardest things in life to deal with. It was her only child. She post pictures of her everyday on Facebook and sends her a messages, It breaks your heart to see the pain she is going through. They say it gets easier as time passes, but when it is something you loved soooooo much, that isn't true. If this was [Show More]I have a friend that lost her daughter to Darvocet about 1 1/2 years ago. It has been the hardest things in life to deal with. It was her only child. She post pictures of her everyday on Facebook and sends her a messages, It breaks your heart to see the pain she is going through. They say it gets easier as time passes, but when it is something you loved soooooo much, that isn't true. If this was a known problem a long time ago, why did it take so long to remove it. Many lives could have been saved. Even a warning on the pamphlet would have been nice to give the victums a choice to take them or be prescribed another pain killer. I am so sorry for all of you out there that knows someone that lost their LIFE to some Drug Company that only thought about making the buck!

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