Darvocet Overdose Help

On November 19, 2010 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked manufacturers of medications containing dextropropoxyphene (also called propoxyphene) to withdraw those products from sale. Darvocet contains dextropropoxyphene and is now considered illegal. Patients taking Darvocet are asked to return their prescriptions to their doctors and find a substitute medication.

Types of Darvocet Overdose

Darvocet is a brand name medication combining its main active ingredient, dextropropoxyphene, and an added narcotic called paracetamol. These drugs each have their own overdose symptoms and health risks, which are as follow:

  • Liver toxicity – Paracetamol poisoning of the liver is the most common type of Darvocet overdose. Paracetamol is another name for acetaminophen – a drug found in Tylenol and other over-the-counter medications. Stomach pains, nausea and vomiting are symptoms of liver toxicity.
  • Dextropropoxyphene overdose – Also known as propoxyphene, dextropropoxyphene overdose is very similar to an opiate overdose. The body’s functions tend to shut down because of excessive sedation. The heart and other major organs are primarily made of muscle which may stop working properly if a Darvocet overdose occurs. Dextropropoxyphene overdose symptoms to be aware of are drowsiness, fainting, coma and confusion.

Darvocet Overdose Symptoms

The following are potential Darvocet overdose symptoms:

  • Drowsiness, fainting
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Dark urine
  • Jaundice
  • Confusion
  • Weak pulse
  • Seizures, convulsions
  • Coma
  • Blue lips
  • Shallow, stopped breathing

Darvocet Dosage Information

The FDA approved daily allowance of acetaminophen for adults is 4,000 milligrams. One tablet of Darvocet may contain up to 650 mg of acetaminophen which if taken in excess or in combination with other medications containing acetaminophen may result in an acetaminophen overdose. Six Darvocet tablets equal 3,900 mg of acetaminophen.

Darvocet Overdose Recovery Time

A Darvocet overdose may be fatal within minutes if the amount taken is large enough. Detectable levels of Darvocet may stay in the human body for nine days after only one regular dose. With proper treatment, a Darvocet can be physically overcome within 24 to 48 hours.

Darvocet Overdose Treatment

Someone experiencing Darvocet overdose should be taken to an emergency room as quickly as possible to be treated by medical professionals. Calling poison control is also recommended.

Immediate treatment involves stomach pumping, a procedure to literally pump the contents of the stomach out of the body. If necessary, doctors may decide to induce vomiting to ensure all the drug has been removed from the body. Activated charcoal may be administered to prevent the body from further absorbing any acetaminophen left in the body. A medication called N-acetylcysteine is also sometimes used to help prevent liver damage due to an acetaminophen overdose. If the overdose is due to the propoxyphene component of Darvocet, an antidote may be administered to counteract the drug’s effects.

Long-term treatment typically involves care for liver damage. Extensive permanent liver damage may require a liver transplant. If a Darvocet overdose occurs as a product of an addiction, additional treatment will be needed to treat the addiction itself. Darvocet rehab can help prevent future relapses and possible future Darvocet overdoses.

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Are you or a loved one struggling with an addiction to Darvocet or another medication? Addictions may lead to dangerous physical and emotional side effects if left untreated – overdose included. Get help today by calling our toll-free number. If you have any questions or need information about any substance abuse topic please feel free to call any time — we are available 24 hours a day. Call now.