Addiction makes people go to extremes. Take Darvocet, for example. The substance was banned and people are still finding ways to abuse it. Especially if it was their drug of choice prior to being removed from the market. Perhaps they have a stash, or someone they know is distributing their remaining supply.
Darvocet and Darvon were commonly prescribed pain relievers. Both drugs were banned because the U.S Food and Drug Administration deemed them as unsafe in 2010. After the U.S. banned them the UK followed suit. But people are still finding ways to abuse Darvocet today.
The FDA banned these drugs because they contain propoxyphene, an ingredient that is linked to heart problems. Now that they are no longer on the market, there is a limited supply. So nowadays, if you or your loved one is searching for Darvocet, beware. There is an illegally made version of this drug on the streets. If you do find the real version of this drug, you still should not take it because the pill was made before the ban in 2010 and contains illegal ingredients. Would you risk your life for a temporary high?
According to the public interest group Public Citizen, there were 341 propoxyphene-related deaths and 85 deaths directly attributed to propoxyphene in the state of Florida alone in 2007. The painkillers are alleged to have caused the deaths of at least 2,110 people between 1981 and 1999.
Are You Still Abusing Darvocet?
Propoxyphene is an opioid, a substance that attaches to different places in the spinal cord, brain and gastrointestinal tract. This attachment creates the sensation of less pain, and if abused, gives a unique euphoria. Propoxyphene is also considered a narcotic. These are more potent compared to drugs such as acetaminophen (the other active substance in Darvocet.) This combination creates more intense effects of the drug. Darvocet relieves pain, but also causes sleepiness. Prolonged use of the drug can change the chemistry of the brain. Once a drug abuser develops a Darvocet addiction, it is hard to quit using without a good support system and medical assistance at inpatient drug rehab.
Signs and Symptoms of Darvocet Addiction
Darvocet addiction can affect the heart by making your beat irregularly. It can also make your muscles weaker. Other symptoms include:
- Blurred vision
- Skin rashes
For those who used Darvocet previously and withdrew properly from the medication, you should not experience any lingering effects to your heart. Doctors claim that the drug does not produce cumulative effects, and that by clearing your body from the substance, all side effects will subside as well. If you or someone you love is experiencing any of the above effects from Darvocet addiction, contact us for treatment in Texas.