Darvon (propoxyphene) now banned in US

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Cyborg Ninja
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   Posted 1/30/2009 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
The FDA has voted 14-12 to withdraw Darvon products (Darvocet, etc) from the US. Public Citizen has been fighting for the ban for years, and I have risen the issue to several users here with little notice.

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   Posted 1/31/2009 1:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I heard about this several years ago, I guess because it's so weak of a narcotic that people are overdosing on it from what I hear. It's been banned in other countries for this reason. So they finally did it??? I wonder what took them so long. I remember getting them for braces when I was a teenager and remember it doing absoutly nothing for my pain so they gave me tylenol #3 instead, and I had absouly no tolerence for narcotics back then (I was 15 years old). Since then I have always asked to not be prescribed them cause I knew they didnt work worth diddlysquat. But I remember my grandmother taking them and she swear by them even though she also had the pain pump so I think they gave it to her for the placebo effect cause she was always use to taking something orally, but of course she's taking like 6 diffrent narcotics but thats because they're just trying to make her comfortable cause it's coming close to end for her. Well I know alot of people taking pain meds for chronic pain and all of them, except my grandmother, dont like darvocet at all, so I guess maybe its a good thing to take them off the market so people will stop overdosing on them. Silly people.

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   Posted 1/31/2009 4:04 AM (GMT -6)   
That 14-12 vote was and advisory committee vote on the decision to recommend removing it from the market. The FDA hasn't taken any action on that recommendation - yet.

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 1/31/2009 4:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, BionicWoman.
My husband just took his last two Darvon.
I say, "Take something else. Ask!"
He fell off the bed while he was taking
a curtain down.
He fell flat on the floor and hit a hard chair
on the way down.
It didn't hurt for about a month.
(He may not have noticed it because we were
house moving.)
Anyway, he now knows PAIN.
We are a double pain family.
I hope he's alright.
I'll show him your post.
Pamela shakehead

Cyborg Ninja
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   Posted 1/31/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
The danger of Darvon is its metabolite is toxic to the heart. This is mainly a problem for people who take it for long periods of time or already have heart conditions. No reason for it to have been on the market in the US for so long. It's already been banned in Britain.
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