Darvocet® Substance Abuse Overview
What is Darvocet®?
Darvocet® belongs to a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. Drugs in this class relieve pain by affecting how the brain perceives or senses pain. Darvocet ® is a combination of two drugs, propoxyphene and acetaminophen and is used for the relief of mild to moderate pain as well as treating fevers. The combination of these two drugs proves to be more effective than either one alone. Physical and psychological dependence may occur while taking Darvocet. Darvocet® should not be stopped suddenly, especially when taken in high doses or for a prolonged period of time. It is suggested to slowly taper the use of Darvocet to avoid withdrawal syndrome.
How it Works
Darvocet affects the central nervous system. It works by altering basic brain chemistry and altering the way in which the body feels pain.
There are high chances of Darvocet addiction and abuse among users, if caution is not observed. The drug should be taken under strict supervision keeping in mind the exact frequency duration, and dosage prescribed by a physician. Increases in any of these parameters can cause Darvocet addiction and ultimately habitual abuse. The propoxyphene component of Darvocet, in high doses or in combination with other prescription drugs has been known to cause death and it is characterized by symptoms that include respiratory arrest, kidney complications and liver failure.
Acetaminophen component is also harmful if taken in large doses. Darvocet abuse is very hazardous if it happens to a person who is using substances like antihistamines, antidepressants, tranquilizers and alcohol. Darvocet abuse has both psychological and physical consequences that arises from a very real danger of physical dependence and tolerance that is caused by abusing the drug.
All patients using Darvocet should follow the physician’s instructions strictly in order to avoid Darvocet addiction. It is essential that the medical guidance is followed strictly, in its exact terms, when taking Darvocet. Taking more Darvocet than instructed will easily lead to Darvocet addiction.
Short-Term and Long-Term Effects
Darvocet abuse also carries serious risks of developing some serious side effects and it may also lead to overdose of the drug. The most common side effects of Darvocet abuse are:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stomach ache
- Shortness of breath
Other side effects which are not very common are confusion, euphoria, skin rash, hallucinations, depression, confusion, slow heartbeat, hypotension and difficulty in urinating.
Long term Darvocet abuse leads to a range of physical and psychological side effects beginning with dependence and tolerance. Some people develop allergic reactions due to Darvocet abuse. Darvocet abuse increases the effects of oral anticoagulants that may be taken leading to uncontrollable bleeding in case of injury.
If other sedatives or alcohol are taken while abusing Darvocet, fatal sedation may occur, leading to unconsciousness and ultimately death. Darvocet abuse can also cause yellow coloration on the eyes and skin due to jaundice, in addition to liver and kidney failure.
Signs and Symptoms
An addiction to Darvocet can be marked by an often intense withdrawal syndrome that kicks in once use is stopped abruptly after a prolonged period. A fear of withdrawal symptoms is what keeps many patients using them.
Symptoms associated with Darvocet withdrawal include:
- Physical craving
- Aches and pains
- Abnormal skin sensations such as “crawling” skin
- Restless legs syndrome.
Additional addiction signs include an intense craving for the drug, preoccupation with getting the drug and consuming it, and continued use despite negative consequences.
People, who are going through Darvocet abuse, develop a compulsive physical and psychological craving for the drug and they are incapable of cutting down their intake of the drug. They spend most of their time, energy and effort in trying to obtain more Darvocet. The abuse leads to a serious disruption of their everyday life, and all other activities or pursuits, whether professional, social, or family related, takes second place to the drug.
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