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Darvocet Dependence – Signs of Darvocet Use Vs. Abuse, Tolerance

Darvocet was a form of narcotic pain reliever that was removed from the U.S. market in 2010. It includes a combination of propoxyphene and acetaminophen and was available via prescription before its withdrawal from the market. It was used to treat mild to moderate pain and to reduce fever. While the manufacturer, Xanodyne Pharmaceutical, has stopped making the drug, it remains available on the black market. This is because so many pills were produced during the years when it was being manufactured that many leftover pills remain in storage facilities or in the homes of people who once had prescriptions for the drug. As the supply of Darvocet dwindles, abuse of this drug will likely become less common.

Is Darvocet Addictive?

How addictive is Darvocet? The acetaminophen in Darvocet is not addictive, but the propoxyphene can become habit-forming, especially in individuals with a history of substance abuse. Individuals who became addicted to Darvocet while using it legally may continue to try to obtain the substance and use it illegally. Others may develop an addiction when trying the drug in an attempt to get high, but this type of recreational use is not common. Because it is not sold for legitimate uses any longer and is not commonly used recreationally, new addictions to Darvocet are rare. Darvocet addicts may experience more and more trouble finding a source of the drug, which can potentially lead to involvement in other criminal activity as the user attempts to obtain access to a reliable supply. Someone who is addicted to Darvocet may develop strained relationships with family and friends as a result of the drug abuse. If you or someone you know is using Darvocet illicitly and would like to stop, call 1-888-803-9961 Who Answers? or fill out our short information form for assistance and support.

Understanding Darvocet Dependency and Tolerance

Darvocet dependence often developed as the result of legal use. Individuals with a prescription for Darvocet before 2010 may have become addicted at that time. Some individuals used Darvocet illicitly even when prescriptions were available. Physical dependence on Darvocet occurs because of the drug’s effect on the opioid receptors in the brain. Darvocet stimulates these receptors to reduce the perception of pain. The brain becomes dependent on having those receptors stimulated, so the person experiences cravings when there is no Darvocet in the body. Psychological dependence can also develop if the person becomes accustomed to using Darvocet at certain times or in certain situations and believes that his or her pain is unbearable without the drug. Users can develop a tolerance to Darvocet in which higher and higher doses are needed to get the same level of pain relief.

Effects/Side Effects

Ritalin Dependence

Ritalin is the trade name for methylphenidate, a stimulant that is most commonly used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults and chronic sleep disorder. It is listed as a controlled substance in the United States and is comparable to the drug amphetamine. Abuse of Ritalin produces effects similar to cocaine.

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The primary effect of Darvocet is pain relief, and individuals typically begin taking it for this purpose. Darvocet does not produce a euphoric high like stimulants do, nor does it provide an intensely pleasurable relaxing sensation like depressants do. However, it may cause mild relaxation, which contributes to its appeal. Side effects of Darvocet can include dry mouth, loss of appetite, constipation or diarrhea, stomach pain, drowsiness, lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Coming down from Darvocet is not like coming down from other drugs. In most cases, as the effects of Darvocet wear off, the only noticeable impact is the return of painful sensations. The propoxyphene  in Darvocet can also cause abnormal heart rhythms, which can be fatal. This effect on the heart is what prompted the 2010 recall of Darvocet by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Even the doses used for pain relief were shown to have an effect on the heart, so the drug was deemed unsafe for any use. The acetaminophen in Darvocet can also cause problems, especially when the drug is used frequently for long periods of time. High doses of acetaminophen can cause irreversible liver damage, and this damage can occur from either a single large dose or from multiple moderate-to-high doses in a short period of time.

Withdrawal and Detoxification

Withdrawal from Darvocet is often done gradually in order to help prevent intense cravings and reduce severe withdrawal symptoms. Medical intervention is generally required to manage detoxification. In some cases, other drugs are used to wean the user off Darvocet. Withdrawal symptoms include delusions, sweating, insomnia, shivering, rapid heartbeat, goose bumps, rigid muscles, anxiety, diarrhea, fever, runny nose, and anxiety.

Treatment for Darvocet Addiction

Darvocet abuse treatment involves a comprehensive treatment plan that includes physical detoxification followed by behavioral therapy, individual counseling and the development of a support system to help the user avoid a relapse. Recovery from Darvocet addiction requires an active commitment on the part of the patient, but full recovery is possible.