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Propoxyphene HCL

In November 2010, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) withdrew all medications that contain propoxyphene from the market. It has been determined that the risks of propoxyphene outweigh the possible benefits. In particular, the FDA was concerned about the drug's ability to cause serious changes in the heart rhythm, even at normal doses. Pharmacies will no longer sell this medication, and people who take it should stop and ask their healthcare provider for a more suitable pain medication.
 
Propoxyphene hydrochloride (Darvon®) is a pain reliever available only with a prescription. It comes in the form of a capsule and is taken once every four hours as needed for pain relief. This medication is used for treating mild-to-moderate pain in adults.
 
Although most people do not have any problems while taking propoxyphene hydrochloride (propoxyphene HCl), information on the potential safety concerns and possible side effects should be fully reviewed before using this medication. Also, to avoid potential drug interactions, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medications you are taking, including nonprescription medicines and herbal supplements.
 
Propoxyphene HCl is not suitable for everyone. You may not be able to safely use this medication if you have certain medical conditions, such as depression, suicidal tendencies, or a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
 
(Click Propoxyphene Hydrochloride for more information on propoxyphene HCl, including how this pain medication works, potential side effects, abuse potential, and tips on when and how to use this drug.)
 
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