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FDA Recall - Propoxyphene (Darvon and Darvocet) Taken Off the Market

By November 22, 2010

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At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc., makers of Darvon and Darvocet, pulled the drug off the market. The FDA also informed generic makers of the drug propoxyphene to voluntary stop production as well. Propoxyphene is an opioid used to treat mild to moderate pain. First approved by the FDA in 1957, propoxyphene is sold by prescription under various names both alone (e.g., Darvon) or in combination with acetaminophen (e.g., Darvocet). The recall was issued after clinical data demonstrated propoxyphene puts patients at risk of potentially serious or even fatal heart rhythm abnormalities. As a result of the data, combined with information including new epidemiological data, the FDA concluded that the risks of the medication outweigh the benefits. According to a press release "The FDA is pleased by Xanodyne's decision to voluntarily remove its products from the U.S. market," said John Jenkins, M.D., director of the Office of New Drugs in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). "These new heart data significantly alter propoxyphene's risk-benefit profile. The drug's effectiveness in reducing pain is no longer enough to outweigh the drug's serious potential heart risks."

The FDA is also urging health care professionals to stop prescribing Darvon and Darvocet. Both drugs are typically prescribed after dental surgery, such as wisdom teeth extractions. If you have either Darvon, Darvocet, or a generic form of propoxyphene in your medicine cabinet, stop using the medication and speak to your dentist or physician immediately.

The following are some of the drugs that contain propoxyphene:

Comments
November 24, 2010 at 10:54 am
(1) just wonderful says:

Considering this is the only pain medicine I am not allergic to this is just lovely. : (

November 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm
(2) diabled vet says:

so now were not grown ups and can make our own decisions regarding our pain managment. the FDA can stick it and get out of our decision making.

November 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm
(3) Marie says:

This is just freaking unreal, I have been on Darvocet for many many years, and now they are no good???? I use to take Vicodin, but got nothing but rebound headaches.

November 24, 2010 at 6:07 pm
(4) Carol Yates says:

I just do not understand this. What are people with chronic pain to do now. I have had chronic pain since 1990 and darvocet has helped me. I don’t want to go to anything stronger unless I have to. Are we just left out there to suffer? It seems that the people who make these decisions have NEVER had chronic pain, not even migrains. I wish I could give them mine for a couple a weeks then saee what they say!!!!! My doctor know my medical history, if he saw anything that would darvocet would make worse than he would say so and make changes. Leave it to the Doctor & Patient. This is just ridiculous!

November 24, 2010 at 8:21 pm
(5) MigraineCrohnAndDisfunctionalFamily Sufferer says:

Well, and a very Happy Thanksgiving to you too FDA! You couldn’t wait until the holiday’s were over and my stress migraine risks were a bit less? How the *&^% am I supposed to deal with my Aunt Linda and my Uncle Rene now? I NEEDED my darvo!
You all know what this means don’t you? If they pulled Darvo from the shelves and production of it has halted forever, THE END OF DAYS are surely upon us!!!!! And the kicker is, we won’t have any Darvo to cushion the blow! :( :( :(

November 24, 2010 at 10:51 pm
(6) ginny says:

I have successfully used davocet for 25 years. I am allergic to codiene, and stronger drugs. This is a terrible decision. What about pulling alcohol and cigarettes from stores? This reminds me of when they pulled vioxx off the shelves. Another bad decision.

November 26, 2010 at 3:15 pm
(7) j.c says:

I have used darvon among other drugs in the same catigory for years and did not know about problems they may cause. Now after kidney failure and 5 heart bypass surgery, I guess I can do uithout darvicet and just put up with the miragraines and 4 fused virtibre that put me on disability.signed j.c. in o.k.

November 26, 2010 at 10:58 pm
(8) s neal says:

I havent stopped crying since my pharmacy told me this morning that my darvocet has been taken off the market. With severe fibromyalgia, this is my main stable pain killer. What am I supposed to do now?

November 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm
(9) Sam Covington MD says:

I have prescribed propoxyphene to patients for over 20 years for mild to moderate pain and have never seen a cardiac reaction that was linked to this fairly effective pain medication. As an Emergency Physician, I see a lot of patients with cardiac dys-rhythmias. The vast(and I repeat, “the overwhelming”) majority of these patients are not on darvocet. Patients with cardiac problems are a very common ER presentation. After more than 50 years of use, it is simply crazy to blame this drug. for any significant number of the cardiac dysrhythmias in the millions of patients who have presented with cardiac problems over the last 50 years. Having admittedly become somewhat cynical concerning the activities of various government agencies over the last two decades, I am suspicious of the motivations and the timing of the propoxyphene recall. I have found this drug to be efficacious and safe, not to mention the fact that it is an important alternative for those who have reactions to other pain medications. Being the cynic that I am, I cannot help but wonder how long it will take to remove from production all the highly problematic statin drugs and antidepressants and antipsycotics or any other problematic drug when and if their profit margins ever get as low it had become for darvocet. And yes, I have seen the misery that results when someone who needs propxyphene to get through the day is suddenly deprived of it by some holier than-thou-dogooder.

November 27, 2010 at 3:01 pm
(10) Tina says:

Why dont they take vicodin an percocet an all the other medication people become addicted to off the market

November 28, 2010 at 6:09 pm
(11) Ann says:

I feel the same way everyone else seems to feel … Over the years at various times, I have used darvocet and have never had any problems. Just 2 weeks ago, the doctor switched me to Darvocet from harder pain medications. I am recuperating from a total knee replacement. I explained to the doctor that I no longer need the stronger pain meds, but the over-the-counter meds were not strong enough. The only time I really need them now is at night. Darvocet hit the market the year before I was born in 1957 and has served us well. I really hate this is happening.

November 28, 2010 at 7:01 pm
(12) Ann says:

I agree whole heartedly with everyone else’s comments! Are we so few that take Darvocet that it’s just not worth it for them to make it?? I’ve been on Darvocet for 11 yrs. for chronic back pain & it too is the only thing that makes me able to get around without being in a wheelchair & able to live a normal life!I have severe reactions to any other pain meds & they don’t help anyway.None of my drs. at the Mayo Clinic & here in my town have any problem with me taking them!So why can’t we & our drs. make that decision?I’ve had no ill effects at all from them…just blessed relief!!Count me on your side all you others that made comments!!What do we do now?I have about 10 pills left!

November 29, 2010 at 12:04 am
(13) Rene says:

Well, needless to say I was pretty mad to learn today that I could not get my Darvocet N-100 because the FDA (Forever Dumb A*******) took my med off the market. It would of been nice to get a notice before they did it so I could get a different med from my doctor. Now I am not sure what will happen and I am sure my pain doctor is going to swamped with calls and who knows how long it will take for a new script. I have a lot of horrible and painful medical problems. Let me list them for the FDA so they can but in and tell me what to do, before we know it they will be checking to see if you shit normally. My health problem are Lupus, Endometreosis, Polycystic Ovarin Disease, IBS, Migrains,and an L-4/L-5 herniated disc and my spinal cord rubs and loops between my herniated disc and makes me feel extereme electrical shock pains. I got the back problems after a horse riding accident in my early teens. I have pain all the time and I get infections very easily due to my Lupus and when this happens I am in so much pain I can barely stand it. The Darvocet N-100 has be a savior to me. It worked well and I never onced had a side effect of anysort. I’ve been on this med for over 3 years and now am left wondering what to do. I love how one of the reasons they pulled this med is because of 2,000 deaths that occured since 1981. Geeeee…..The med is perscriped to more than 10 million people a year so really that is a piss poor excuse. 2,000 deaths is nothing when a drug is perscribed to millions of people a year. Just another way the government is butting in ourlives when they have no right to tell us what we can and can’t do to controll pain. If you really wanted to some good in this counrty maybe you would tag Alcohol instead. Millions of people are addicted to this, but that’s okay. Get a f****** life and let our doctors and patients make the decsion on medications.

November 29, 2010 at 11:24 am
(14) Glen says:

Millions of us depend on low cost pain meds. I have been taking it since a car accident (chronic pain) several years ago with no ill effects other than a little constipation. I do not believe they are doing this for our own good. They have another agenda. You cannot trust the FDA anymore.

November 29, 2010 at 1:37 pm
(15) Melissa N. says:

This just absolutely sucks! I have trouble with severe tension headaches that turn to migraines if not treated in time. I cannot take hydrocodone (sp?) and probably other related drugs. What in the name of all that’s holy am I supposed to do now?!? I had mild heart trouble BEFORE I began taking Darvocet, and it did not make it any worse. Someone is sure stupid and probably motivated by money–definitely NOT motivated by trying to help people.

November 29, 2010 at 5:18 pm
(16) Bill Wilson says:

I have been on Darvon N 100 for many many years. It works, it is fast and long lasting. I hate to even think what my doctor is going to suggest now. They all have to play detective (DEA) and doctor… QUESTION? What opioid is a good equal? I hate taking wierd drugs. Opioids like Darvon are quick, effective and clean and out of your system in hours without blood levels or withdraws. PLEASE ADVISE on a good alternative….

November 29, 2010 at 6:19 pm
(17) james speicher says:

Hello;I want to comment on the ease which Darvocet was taken off the market,and the reason why. I was involved in a headon wreck in 1978 which left me with severe chronic back pain,but with the help of Darvocet I have been able to work and function almost normally for 32 years.Without a pill in the morning I might as well stay in bed.I depend on these because I cannot take some other pain killer because of aspirin content or other things since I have had a 4 way bybass in 2008. I would like to know why something can be dropped like a hot potato when it can take years to get another product on the market that other countries have been using for years?? Is something new and a money maker possibly coming down the avenue or what?? Thank You,James Speicher 6378 st, hwy. 13 south-wabash-in.-46992 P I will mark this site “favorite” if I can expect some information.

November 30, 2010 at 10:46 am
(18) M.A. M says:

They should take all pain meds off the market!!!!!!!!!…

November 30, 2010 at 4:41 pm
(19) MCD says:

Well I just dont know what to say, I have been takeing Propoxyphene… I started when I was 13 teen yrs old now I am 52 this is the pain pill,I can only take I have a bad arm, the whole arm fingers up to the shoulder & goes into the shoulder… is one big steel plate & rod the Doctors wanted to take the arm off becauase of so much pain but Doctors in Claveland save my arm now only thing helps is the PROPOXYPHENE please put it back on the MARKET..or do I lose my arm to pain. I can’t take others pills for pain I have had to much problems with them….

November 30, 2010 at 6:31 pm
(20) Laura says:

This may shed some light on the FDA’s decision to ban Darvocet/Darvon … These brands are owned by the drug company Xanodyne. The CEO of this company is quoted in May of 2010 Business Week article as claiming the goal of Xanodyne is to become a major provider in the pain management field. Further, Xanodyne owns the rights to the oxycodone brand name Roxycodone. Xanodyne created a study lasting only 11 days for Darvon/Darvocet – a drug that has been on the market for fifty years, convincing the FDA to ban the drug. Can you fill in the blanks? There is more money in Roxycodone than Darvon/Darvocet.

November 30, 2010 at 7:05 pm
(21) dennis says:

i had just got my refill on mine,now who is going to pay for what i am not going to use and what do i do with it.

November 30, 2010 at 8:01 pm
(22) Angel says:

I understand why they’re doing this because there have been enough serious side effects to warrant it no longer being used…. but what about the people who have used it for years and have no problems. Maybe these serious side effects are affecting people who have a heart problem. I think taking the patients health into account should be the priority but then again if the FDA is pulling it, enough bad must be happening. I’ve taken it for a while with no side effects and I’m disappointed because I really can’t take anything else.

There are other things that have been on the market for years that the FDA has pulled once enough people died from it… artificial sweeteners being one. Its just a matter of time before everything else thats deemed ‘safe’ now gets pulled.

November 30, 2010 at 8:36 pm
(23) Kathryn says:

I have been on propoxyphene for severe back problems related to a work accident and a auto accident which left me with seven discs messed up in my back plus a t-12 fracture. Without this and a muscle relaxant in the morning and night, I would have a very hard time being mobile. I was a nurse for 27 years and never heard of a patient with problems from this drug. I agree with the ER physician that this is all a money move. Greed will be the downfall of our nation.

December 1, 2010 at 4:41 pm
(24) John Smith says:

Utter nonesence. 3000 reported deaths since 1957. More Darvon users are killed by lightning than than by Darvon. This action was not the recommendation of the FDA but rather by Public Citizen a self serving ad hoc group. When the FDA refused to ban Darvon, PC sued and the FDA bailed. We now have law firms all across the country preparing class action suits against the maker of an overwhelmingly effective drug because the FDA was too afraid of PC. As for me, I will go and regrow my ulcer as NSAIDS are not an alternative. Wait for much more under Obamacare. Thanks FDA!

December 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm
(25) Diana says:

I agree – this is really a lot of BS!! how can we protest to get it back, even if we must sign waivers?????? I have been taking it for decades and have never had any problems associated with it, but it is the best for my pain med yet! It doesn’t even make me drowsy or headchy, I can get throught the day! If it “might” give me unusual heart rhythms, shouldn’t that be MY choice, after being made aware of their so-called “study” (IT WAS PROBABLY CONTORTED!) So, where do we get it from now?

December 2, 2010 at 2:15 am
(26) Tony says:

What is wrong with you people complaining about the drug being tgaken off the market. I have been taken one form or another of it since the 80′s. I went to my Dr today and got a new prescription. Not pain no gain. The stuff can kill you. There is enough out there already that is trying to kill you so this eliminates one of them. I cannot say for sure as I never told my doc about it but I jsut suddenly started going down for no reason and everything started going away. I was sitting most of time when it happened. It was scary. So keep complaining if you must, it won’t do any good because the drug is off the market.

December 2, 2010 at 9:15 am
(27) Carole says:

This is nonsense–I have taken Darvocet for quite some time–I don’t over use it and it is the only medicine that works for me. What is the real reason behind this move–Too much Government?? There are warnings about all meds so why all of a sudden pick on the one so many people find useful???

December 2, 2010 at 12:11 pm
(28) Cheryl says:

@M.A. M — You have NO CLUE how much some of us suffer. I hope you never have to go through the pains that I endure 24/7. I don’t even sleep much due to the amount of pain I am in caused from numerous different things, including a car accident! How DARE YOU JUDGE those of us who suffer from Chronic Pain and must take meds. I, as I am sure most others, would much rather be healthy and working again, not sitting at home trying to invent ways to minimize our pain, and trying to get at least a couple hours of sleep a night. Shame on you!

December 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm
(29) Cheryl says:

And the medical rationing now begins. Thank you to all the morons in the FDA who haven’t got a flippin’ clue in the world as to what it going on with people. The FDA via the EPA has already told me I’m not allowed to breathe, as they took away my rescue inhaler. Can’t use the HFA’s, have bad reactions from them. Can’t take Aspirin, Motrin, NSAIDs, COX2 Inhibitors, nor many other classes of drugs due to so many drug allergies. Was on Vicodin, started messing with my stomach. Switched to Darvocet that was a little over 2 years ago. So, all you not so brilliant ones at the FDA, just what in gods name do you expect me to take now for my pain. What? Am I going to have give up driving and having ANY LIFE or GROCERIES or CLOTHES or anything else because I will have to be put on much stronger medications than what I really need now. Why due to 1 or 2K people have died form it … compared to how many millions of us take it on a daily basis. I take Darvocet 3 times a day. It helps me get through the day. Without it I will be in tears from the pain because it is so bad. From what I’ve read I am supposed to take the Darvocet back to the pharmacy so they can dispose of and account for it to the FDA. I don’t think so. I am NOT giving up what I have here now. At least I can get through most of this month with what I have, but then what do I do. This is BS!! The FDA needs to pull their heads out of their butts! How about you people take on my pain with my low threshold, for a few weeks and then let’s talk. Tylenol 3 and 4 do NOT work for me. Straight codeine can be a bit rough on the tummy and try to find a Dr. to write it! Was hard enough getting Darvocet so now what? Well, FDA, I’M WAITING FOR YOUR REPLY HERE!! I’m sure many others are as well. I am so very upset over this! Off to call my Dr. to find out what I am supposed to do now!

December 2, 2010 at 2:28 pm
(30) Karen Lewis says:

That decision should be made between the doctor and the patient and not the freaking FDA they are making me sick to death of their stupid decisions….ok now I would like to see the data they have compiled. Where is at? My doctor was having a difficult time trying to find an alternative to davocet. So now I have been given something that will definitely cause major stomach issues, when darvocet was working perfectly. I think the FDA really is getting to dang big for their pants!!! This med was perfect….it was not as strong as loratab or percocet. They are so freaking stupid!!!

December 2, 2010 at 7:03 pm
(31) MARY says:

i’VE BEEN ON DARVOSET FOR PAIN FOR ALMOST THREE YRS AND HAVE HAD SO MUCH TROUBLE WITH SHORTNESS OF BREATH.
I FINALLY WENT TO A CARDIOLOGIST AND HE SAW THAT DAY THAT PVCS WERE CONSTANT. BUT NOTHING SAID OF MY TAKING DARVOSET ( FIBROMYALGIA AND ARTHRITIS PAIN)
HE FOUND THAT I DID HAVE HEART ARTHYTHEMIA. I WILL GO TOMORROW AND SEE ABOUT THIS AS I JUST HEARD OF THIS TODAY WHEN I TRIED TO REFILL MY PRESCRIPTION.

December 2, 2010 at 9:05 pm
(32) Tell me i'm dreaming says:

I had irregular heart beats way before i started taken this medication for pain. With there findings have they weighted out other possibilies for the patients who they checked? I hate finding out this information cuz Darvocet was the only medicine that helped without giving me a drug induced high. My pain was managed and my mind was clear, what am I to do now, turn into a geniue pig yet again??

December 3, 2010 at 1:05 am
(33) Mickey Lynn says:

I read all your comments and was determined to get some answers so I searched several sites including our University and the Mayo Clinic and I was still having trouble finding any statistics other than ’1,000 to 2,000 reported deaths since the ban of propoxyphene in the U.K.’ and that is hardly a statistic, being so general. So, after skirting around the forbidden site I decided to explore FDA. And holy crap! They have every memo and letter and meeting documented and I have them here for you to read. Not all. But you can access them if you want to. I have some good ones, though. There are memos written by ‘themselves’ to ‘themselves’ stating that the drug is just fine and dandy and better than all those other bad ones! So if you care to read further here are the links on the FDA website. My drug of choice will be percocet. ~Mickey Lynn
P.S. Cheryl I hope you read this.

FDA Search Results for Propoxyphene (select reading pages 1 thru 4) You will see the FDA early on recommends NOT removing this drug and that replacement drugs are more harmful. The earlier reports on page 3 and 4 show this. I didn’t read further than 4. :
http://google2.fda.gov/search?q=propoxyphene&client=FDAgov&site=FDAgov&lr=&proxystylesheet=FDAgov&output=xml_no_dtd&getfields=*&ie=UTF-8&ip=174.30.137.146&access=p&sort=date%3AD%3AL%3Ad1&entqr=3&oe=UTF-8&ud=1&start=0

FDA Response to Citizen Petition:
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/UCM170868.pdf

Propoxyphene Questions and Answers July 2009 (FDA Website):
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm170268.htm

December 3, 2010 at 6:07 am
(34) Bill Botts says:

I have used propoxyphene HCL for about 6 years for chronic pain and fatigue. I was very close to being disabled. I still live with chronic pain and fatigue every day, but I can work and get some enjoyment from live.
The acetaminophen often mixed with propoxyphene is much more toxic (chronic toxicity) causing damage to the liver, but no one is suggesting that should be removed from use.

December 3, 2010 at 10:23 am
(35) heather says:

Absolutely ridiculous I have been on darvocet for. Seven years for migraines never had a problem now my doctor is stuck on having to put me on stronger Medicine thankfully I have a few left of my last prescription so I can take them until I run them and then I will switch to something else I hope the FDA is happy with all the problems they have caused for patients ad doctors both.

December 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm
(36) Debra says:

I’ve been taking Darvocet for about 10 years (Fibromyalgia) and have never had a problem with it. The statistics do not warrant a recall of this drug, so I too believe there is another agenda.

First, did they take into consideration that those who did have heart problems may have had them before taking the drug. Or would have developed them regardless of the drug?

Second, did they take into consideration the amount of Darvocet those with heart problems were taking. Were they abusing it – taking more than they were supposed to? Are we, who actually need the Darvocet and don’t abuse it, being punished because of those who do abuse it?

I can’t take Vicodin, which I’m sure will be my doctors first choice of an alternative, because it hurts my stomach and makes me very sick. So, I don’t know what I’m going to do now.

And to M.A.M in post #18. Obviously, you’ve never suffered from severe chronic pain which leaves you bedridden or unable to live any kind of decent life. Your comment that all pain meds should be banned shows a complete lack of compassion and intelligence.

December 3, 2010 at 12:51 pm
(37) bs says:

what do you think the chances the fda would reconsider and put this back on the market!!!!!!! why can’t they read all the comments all these patients posting. if you have trouble taking any medicine you stop. so if you cant take darvocet DON’T. its that simple. my gosh if you read all the side effects of all meds you won’t take anything. please what can we little folks do to get it back.

December 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm
(38) Mickey says:

I read all your comments and was determined to get some answers so I searched several sites including our University and the Mayo Clinic and I was still having trouble finding any statistics other than ’1,000 to 2,000 reported deaths since the ban of propoxyphene in the U.K.’ and that is hardly a statistic, being so general. So, after skirting around the forbidden site I decided to explore FDA. And holy crap! They have every memo and letter and meeting documented and I have them here for you to read. Not all. But you can access them if you want to. I have some good ones, though. There are memos written by ‘themselves’ to ‘themselves’ stating that the drug is just fine and dandy and better than all those other bad ones! So if you care to read further here are the links on the FDA website.
P.S. Cheryl I hope you read this.

FDA Search Results for Propoxyphene (select reading pages 1 thru 4) You will see the FDA early on recommends NOT removing this drug and that replacement drugs are more harmful. The earlier reports on page 3 and 4 show this. I didn’t read further than 4. :
http://google2.fda.gov/search?q=propoxyphene&client=FDAgov&site=FDAgov&lr=&proxystylesheet=FDAgov&output=xml_no_dtd&getfields=*&ie=UTF-8&ip=174.30.137.146&access=p&sort=date%3AD%3AL%3Ad1&entqr=3&oe=UTF-8&ud=1&start=0

FDA Response to Citizen Petition:
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/UCM170868.pdf

Propoxyphene Questions and Answers July 2009 (FDA Website):
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm170268.htm

December 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm
(39) Lulu says:

I have chronic back pain and take Darvocet. This is the best thing for chronic pain! I have taken the stronger meds, but I don’t like the way they make me feel! I can take Darvocet just as it is prescribed and continue with my daily functions, but, taking something stronger does not allow me to function normally. I work for a Dr. who says this is ridiculous! This medication has been around since 1957!

I agree that taking too much is not a good thing, but come on! Why penalize the rest of the world for something stupid that someone else did. We have Drs that overprescribe medications that are more harmful than this! Darvocet is one controlled medication that is not addictive, but, taking that off the market will just increase the amount of people who become addicted to stronger meds like Lorcet, Norco, Duragesic and even Oxycontin.

I think that we need to look at who is controlling our medications. The FDA does not do enough research! Did they investigate exactly why these people died? Sure it is easy to say that they died from taking Darvocet, but, did they investigate the other meds these people were taking? Probably not! These and many other things are the flaws in our current and unfortunately future healthcare system!

December 3, 2010 at 4:29 pm
(40) Lynne Collins says:

Please inform the public ahead of time about new recalls.

December 4, 2010 at 12:17 pm
(41) Melissa says:

This is just lovely. Now am I supposed to go back to taking 12-15 Advil a day when I have a bad headache or migraine? When I have cramps and a half to 1 tablet of Darvocet could make the pain go away, is it really better to take the handful of Advil? Is it proven that the deaths from Darvocet weren’t b/c those people O.D.ed on the drug?

When there are a lot of scarier, more fatal drugs out there, and the FDA chooses to get rid of the mildest pain medication…WTF FDA? This is another instance where government needs to get the hell out of our lives!! They have too much power!

Here’s my suggestion, make antibiotics OTC and shut down pharmacies b/c if Darvocet is “too fatal” to have in the pharmacy, so is every other d@mn drug on the shelf! You guys are just brilliant!

December 4, 2010 at 1:23 pm
(42) Liz says:

I agree with all. It’s a shame and it’s a bitch. But we matter just get used to the change as it is a done deal. I have used it for many years to sucessfully cope with chronic back pain. Yesterday my Dr. prescribed Tylenol #3 and I am nauseous as I write this, just like every other time I have taken the crap. It is disgusting. Ahhhhhh, so sad, no more lovely red ladies! :(

December 4, 2010 at 8:24 pm
(43) Jean says:

Well, you can complain and I did to at first because I have reactions to all the other “good” pain meds. I’ve taken Darvocet for years (too many to count) because of a serious accident and other surgeries. I have severe arthritis and it really helps, but about 2 years ago I started have heart issues, PVC’s, pain, and palpitations. None of the meds they have put me on have helped. I won’t take it again. It isn’t worth the risk, but I would like to know what I can now do? Is there something that will help me. These effect my sleep, work and my quality of life. I’ve been in and out of the emergency room for this and was admitted once. They need to give us more pro-active information so we can do something about our issues. For those who cannot take the other drugs, talk to you Doctor about Soma. It blocks nerve pain. It is about the only thing I can now take.

December 5, 2010 at 12:57 pm
(44) Mari Soba says:

Wow, I was nervous last night at 2am, when I called the pharmacist to see if I could take Milanta with Darvocet, and to my surprise, the pharmacist informed me about the recall that came out about one week and a half ago. I have NOT seen it on TV yet. I have been taking this for about two years now since I became disabled due to three herniated discs, and severe spinal stenosis. What now? Percocets? I do NOT tolerate those very well, and acetaminophen, naproxen sodium nor aspirin help me in any way. HELP PLEASE!!!

December 5, 2010 at 9:35 pm
(45) Patty says:

I need to know what I am supposed to do? I have Fibromylgia and Darvocet N-100 is what I take because I have low blood pressure and have a hard time taking medication that doesn’t lower it anymore! I also work a full time job and it is the only thing I can take and work and be able to function such as thinking and being able to make it through the day without severe pain. I have tried other medications but they either make me so groggy I can’t stay awake or lower my blood pressure so low I don’t want to stay awake or make me lethargic or either make me so jittery and irritable no one can stand to be around me. Tell me what I am supposed to do now?!!!

December 5, 2010 at 9:44 pm
(46) Patty says:

Oh yea, by the way I went to get my script filled and that’s when I found out they had been recalled and couldn’t get anymore and needless to say I was out of them and it was on a saturday so my doctor was not in so all weekend I have been in severe pain and naturally we had to have a big snow and not having any meds really threw my fibromylgia in high gear!!!!!!!!!!!! So when was the patients supposed to find out? Finding out the hard way that is how, that is WRONG!!!!

December 6, 2010 at 4:27 am
(47) RevEd says:

from the perspective of an HLA-b27 syndromer: We have all entered the cone of uncertainty. We are losing one of the tent poles that helped keep the circus of our lives going. I’ve had my mind blown by the current alternatives – criminal price tags with side effects dangerously worse than the target symptoms. Post sites on the subject are mushrooming all over the net. Is there any legal precedent for a class action lawsuit against a private sector corporation and a federal agency to force a product back onto the public market? Attract legal representation thru PR potential, pain and suffering monetary award, and… oh yeah, righteous indignation and compassion. I’d expect there’s a lawyer or two in our boat who could be motivated. By the way – ObamaCare hasn’t gone into effect yet in any shape or form. This current situation most likely has to do with entrenched beaurocrats who get placed in permanent postions that even the President can’t fire. They are the ones getting the most kickbacks from lobbyists and corp America.

December 6, 2010 at 3:56 pm
(48) Donna L. says:

Today I just found out about this when I called for my refill? Like..oh by the way, Darvocet is off the market. WHAT? I’ve had a thoracotomy 3 years ago , and breathing is still painful. Darvocet is the ONLY med, that has NEVER had any adverse reactions. It is the ONLY med that makes my pain bearable, and makes me funtional. Why don’t they take Vicodin or that crap off the market..those meds make my skin crawl. Darvocet had to be the most tolerated out of ALL the pain meds. I want to know WHAT IS THE SUBSTITUTE?!!! No way in HELL will I be taking Hydrocodone etc.. I might as well file for disability, because I already no when I run out of the few pills I have left, life will SUCK and become intolerable with this pain!!!!!! Thank you VERY MUCH FDA (F*cking Dumb Asses)!

December 6, 2010 at 9:11 pm
(49) Jeannie says:

It’s no longer about the patient it is about the drug and insurance companies bottom line. I agree with Dr. Sam Covington it is about the money not the patient.
I have used darvocet for several years in managing fibromyalgia pain. Now not only do I need to pay for another office call to see my doctor I proably won’t be able to afford the medication I have to go to.
Thanks a lot FDA!!!!

December 7, 2010 at 9:06 am
(50) kitty ewing says:

I cannot believe it!!! I have been on darvocet for at least 4 years now for chronic back pain and fibromyalgia. I asked the pharmacy department what would be recommended as a replacement and he said tylenal/codeine. Great—the only time I took codeine was in cough syrup and it made me sick to my stomach. The great thing about the Darvocet was that I could drive, work and really function on it.

December 7, 2010 at 11:13 am
(51) OldFashioned says:

Oxy IR, oxycontin, heroin and cocaine work so much better

December 7, 2010 at 11:28 am
(52) Theresa marie says:

I am so happy this got recalled because my father died on May 31st this year because of the irresponsibility of the VA medical center ……They prescribed him this and hydrocodone bc he sed he was in pain and he fell over dead lost all brain damage…..now someone else might not have to die bc of this recall!

December 7, 2010 at 7:28 pm
(53) Camile says:

My mother has been on Darvocet for a while. Her doctor put he on Ultram to replace her Darvocet. Maybe it would work for some of you.

December 7, 2010 at 9:18 pm
(54) robinD says:

what we all need to do is call the FDA tomorrow and let them know what a cruel and boneheaded move this is, i for one am calling them tomorrow and every day until they reconsider their decision, anyone care to join me in a verbal assault on their decision

December 8, 2010 at 12:25 pm
(55) Marsha says:

Well isn’t this just wonderful? The FDA strikes again. The number of patients who suffer from side effects is not outside of the acceptable risk group. Unfortunately, any drug you take can cause side effects with some of them being fatal. This drug has been on the market since I was born in 1957. It has helped many, many people get through pain for many years and now it’s being demonized by the FDA as “dangerous”. What I want to know is, how many people have been to ER now because of sudden withdrawal of a drug they have depended upon for many years?

I’m an RN. I’ve given and taken this drug for many, many years. I have seen patients die because of aplastic anemia because of this drug. When the doctor prescribed it for me after I blew out my back lifting a woman who was heavier than I was who was about to fall and get badly hurt, I knew the risks. I chose to accept those risks as a part of the risk I take when I take any drug. I have had PVC’s (heart arrhythmia) for many, many years before I ever was put on Darvocet N 100. It has not been a factor in the fact that I have them and have had them since I was in my 20′s. This is just another example of the FDA overreacting to information they have had for many, many years.

There will be many more people who die because of a sudden withdrawal of a drug they physically depend upon than ever died because of taking it. The body will be stressed and there are many things that will happen with sudden withdrawal. Not weaning someone off of a drug is just as deadly as taking it and knowing the risks thereof.

I am allergic to hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine in any form and Tramadol (Ultram) does nothing for me. I don’t know what I’ll do after I run out because there is nothing I can take after that and most doctors are afraid to prescribe anything stronger in fear of being “busted” as being a “licensed pusher”.

As far as I can see right now, we are all doomed.

Thanks a lot FDA and a very Merry Christmas to you too-NOT!

December 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm
(56) Shirley Clark says:

I am really bummed. There are so few pain meds that I can take, and I only take maybe 2 or 3 of these a week for knee and shoulder pain. I was doing so good on Bextra, and they took it off the market. Even my dr. said he thought that was ridiculous!
Everyone I know takes Loritab, and the one time I tried them, those make me so nauseated and druggy. There will be even more people crying if they take Loritab off the market. I know so many that have become addicted to them. Why doesn’t the FDA do something about that?

December 8, 2010 at 8:31 pm
(57) Me says:

Although propoxyphene blocks sodium channels for pain inhibition, the drug also has the potential to block conduction channels in the heart, which can lead to arrhythmias and other conduction abnormalities. Unfortunately, additional safety data and further studies requested by the FDA did show that propoxyphene could result in altered electrical activity in the heart, possibly resulting in sudden death.

Sounds like a good enough reason to me…

December 8, 2010 at 9:25 pm
(58) julie says:

Use Tramadol……………….That’s what my dr. put me on because darvocet is no longer available.

December 9, 2010 at 3:54 pm
(59) pat steph says:

i am with the other comments that I am adult enough to guage what i should take – this is the only pain killer that i am not allergic to – this is just great – now i’ll be a zombie i guess – this is not right – funny that after all these years it is just now coming up as a problem – it seems to me when you view the price of this drug and substitute drugs it is all about the drug makers not making enough money – when is this country’s lawmakers going to learn – we’ve had enough in CONTROLS …..
PAT

December 9, 2010 at 10:12 pm
(60) bebe says:

I’m glad this horrible drug is taken off the market. one year ago i was hospitalized from heart problems and my medical team and i now understand why. i had no problems in the past and have not had problems since. there are many other pain medications out there. good riddance.

December 11, 2010 at 10:57 pm
(61) JB says:

A lot of people keep going back and forth about whether it really is dangerous or not when so many people take it. That’s not really the point of why they removed the drug. Chemo drugs are very dangerous but since the alternative is death from cancer, they leave most of those alone.

The risk vs. benefit just isn’t worth it with these new cardiac side effects. Studies have shown that propoxyphene alone is no better (and sometimes worse) than aspirin, tylenol, or advil. I know some people have real pain and I’m sorry this drug is no longer an option for you when it was working with no side effects, but it’s simply too dangerous to leave on the market.

December 12, 2010 at 3:21 am
(62) RL says:

Well Merry Christmas and all the other holidays too to the FDA! I, like most of the people who have commented here, have taken darvocet for years for chronic pain. I am allergic to the other pain meds also, and seriously do not want to take a stronger med anyway. The darvocet has allowed me to get through the day by taking the edge off my pain. Now I am in constant pain, cannot sleep because of the pain, my blood pressure has risen from the pain, and I am calling off my traditional Christmas dinner and celebration I have had for my family…children and grandchildren…for so many years, because I can’t manage the planning and work involved. I can’t even decorate my tree. I have spondylolithesis…just try hauling your tree out of the garage, decorating it, preparing a huge dinner, doing all the Christmas shopping without anything for pain. If you think Tylenol and aspirin will help you are delusional. The FDA cannot convince me that after all these years…the 1950′s I believe…they have decided this drug is potentially dangerous. BULL! I’m sure there is another motive. Weren’t the drug companies making enough money off darvocet? Thank God I read these other posts…now I know I am not the only one upset over this stupidity. As I told my doctor…I would rather die of a heart malfunction…if that is the true reason it was taken off the market…than spend the rest of my life in this pain. Oh…and did I mention how hard it will be trying to mow the lawn, rake leaves, vacuum the carpet, unload the dishwasher, bathe the dogs, and just plain exist for the rest of my life? Sheeeeeesh! Too dangerous to take a chance? Let ME decide that…not some committee who has no idea what it’s like to live each day in pain.

December 12, 2010 at 11:40 pm
(63) Unhappily Ever After says:

Somebody didn’t get their piece of the pie and decided that it was acceptable to screw the lives of millions. Are we not the same country that allows people to smoke and die of cancer? Well if we know of the risks of darvocet, then we can also accept the responsibility of the consequences. How long do they think people with chronic pain are going to last with out going to stronger drugs? Sorry but Tramadol is hardly a replacement. Now we’re to run to the cabinet to start taking the vicodin that we use only as a last result? What are they going to do when we’re so wired on more potent drugs and the pain drives us to the unmentionable. What the hell are they thinking? This is not a choice for the government to make. It is a choice for the people to make? I wonder if you can drive over the border and get it?

December 14, 2010 at 9:31 pm
(64) AH says:

Screw you FDA Federal Dumbasses of America…

December 15, 2010 at 8:11 am
(65) Alphabich says:

Switch to medical marijuana if available – seriously – I did and it helped with my post-op neuralgia – worked better than the Darvocet I used for 2 years prior. I use a vaporizer (so I don’t have to smoke it) and a topical formulation. Better than the narcotics and fewer side effects. Best advice I can offer – tho I am shocked about this as all of you are – I an only surmise the company must have some alternative pending that isn’t available to generics. These things are always about $$$$$$$.

December 15, 2010 at 4:21 pm
(66) Thea says:

I’ve taken Darvon since an accident in 1963. I’ve had other pain meds shoved at me since then and none take care of the pain like Darvon without making me a zombie or becoming addictive in just 3 days. I read that there are other pain medications blah, blah, blah, well I check every time a new medication comes out for migraine headaches and I cannot take any of them. I’m allergic to so many medications. Why all the media attention to Avandia and Reglan which were only black boxed and quiet as Santa Claus coming down the chimney, the FDA steals it like the Grinch stole Christmas.
I just filled my prescription and it has to last me the rest of my life.
Our state just made medical marijuana legal but I can’t get darvon?
I read that those deaths included overdoses. I wonder what drugs they combined them with and whether they drank alcohol.
I called the FDA but they won’t talk or return calls. So what is our options?
Give me libery or give me death, the man said. Well how about the liberty for me and my doctor to decide what medication I take.

December 16, 2010 at 3:09 pm
(67) Darleen Diamond says:

To Whom It May Concern:
I think that it’s a shame to take Darvocent off the market. It’s the only thing that helps me to move. I have such severe arthritis and it hurts to move. Why don’t you take oxicoton off the market or vicadin or percocet. They make people really walk around sleepy and they’re more addictive and have more of affect on the heart than Darvocent. I personally think that the FDA wants to make people addicted to those other drugs, to make more money off them!!!!
Mrs. Diamond

December 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm
(68) mary says:

What are the chances of bringing this med. back?
Robin, I will be happy to call the FDA with you.
What is the Number

December 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm
(69) Leslie says:

I agree with all these comments. I did not even know about Davocet being pulled. I called in for my refill and it’s the weekend. So what am I to do. I have taken this drug at least 20 years. I have no problem trying something else, my problem was the short notice. I don’t watch the news all the time and don’t get the paper. The dr.’s, drugstores or a mail out should have notified the patients. This was handled in a very slack mannor. I agree those with chronic pain can not be left in a lerch. People without pain don’t begin to understand. There should have been a time frame so patients could get something for their pain before it was to late.

December 19, 2010 at 12:10 pm
(70) Lynn says:

The FDA is full of S…T. I just got a prescription of 100,s and now it’s pulled off. I’m a chronic pain sufferer after failed back syndrome. What bugs me out is Oxy, Percs and other Opiod drugs that’s folks get addicted to will stay on the market cuz it brings in millions. stop screwing with us.

December 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm
(71) Sheryl says:

My mom has chronic pain, and Darvacet has allowed her to lead a somewhat normal life without horrendous side effects. Now she has been regulated to Oxycodone- which is an opiate. Not only does Oxicodone have horrible side effects, is highly addictive, but studies have shown that with its continued use (as well as with other opiates) that just after 30 days a person’s life expectancy decreases significantly. We live in world ran by idiots making decisions for us.

December 20, 2010 at 12:25 am
(72) mRs. B says:

I see alot of you writing that they should have taken hydrocodone, percocet and others off the market instead of Darvocet. That is not fair to say because for alot of us, those are what work for our chronic pain when Darvocet didn’t. I feel for you guys and I think that sucks this happened to you but please don’t take it out on us.

December 21, 2010 at 3:59 pm
(73) Lisa says:

So what do us darvoset users do now? Now that we have tried the alternates that the FDA wants us to try and they have not helped. Now what. They say darvoset is a narchotic. I think that’s why people giving us a bad time. The reason it doesn’t bring in profits is because we don’t need to take it every four hours. One (1) darvoset would help me for almost three (3) days. These others I take every 2 hours and all I do is sleep. So much for having a life. No wonder other pain meds bring in a profit.

December 21, 2010 at 4:08 pm
(74) N Spicer says:

This is just great. My husband has been taking Darvon for the last few years…He has liver problems and this is the ONLY pain pill we have found to aid in his pain that DOES NOT affect his liver. We have called the FDA to ask what other options we have ……guess what…..they couldn’t give us anything….So I guess I am just supposed to watch my husband hurt so bad he does’t get out of bed!!!!!!
Thouroughly disgusted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm
(75) kerls88 says:

I will bet my last dollar it is because someone had something bad happen to them like heart problems and immediately go to the doctor to start looking for the answer. After going through all the meds they are taking, decide that it MIGHT be darvocets, even though caffeine can make your heart race. So I’m sure they went off to the attorney to tell them about this problem and want to sue the maker, because now you see adds about if you have been taking darvocets you may be in title some money. Only ones that gets the pockets line for this is the attorney’s that are behind the law suit! I have taken darvocets for years and never had a problem! I believe adults can make up their own minds what they want to take!

December 22, 2010 at 10:11 am
(76) Jennifer says:

I feel horribly sorry for all of you who need this medication. However my sister almost died from the heart complication due to taking this medicine for her pancritites. Because of this she has lost her job and will soon be losing her home. If taking this medication off the market can save one life it is worth it. IF any of the complainers who take this medication were to go through what she did, I think you would all be singing a different tune. When it happens to you it suddenly becomes a serious problem. All the FDA is doing is saving people — that person could be you.

December 22, 2010 at 9:32 pm
(77) Genia says:

My dad died with this condition 7 months ago and had been on this drug for a year…….I am glad that they are taking it off the market so no other family has to live through the he’ll we have for the last 7 months! He had no history of this and he got his heart checked twice a year! Thank you to the FDA!!!!!

December 23, 2010 at 11:59 am
(78) wh says:

Thats just great!!! I just tried to pick up my refill and just now found out about it being taken off the market. Now what??? My Drs. office is closed for the holidays and can’t be reached. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you to. A little notice would have been nice! Have run out before and gone through withdrawal-NOT FUN!!!! Hope everyone else has found a substitute by now.

December 24, 2010 at 9:01 pm
(79) sandy says:

lame ass why not the occotten??? it kills, hurts , over dose, destoys more live or is that not in a chart and how come i was at the E.R 9:45 am toady 12-24-10 and thay gave me darvect while there then a prescrtion to take to the pharmicy???????? i did not know that it was off the market and the hosptial did not know eather i can’t take any thing other but demoral hello that is for the big things i will put in writing that it is at my own risk to have those meds would be at no risk to you and the companey im elgic to so many things and I feel it to be a shame that i should suffer as others would and i know there are other medications you keep on the market even though the risk may be high but the benifits are good

December 26, 2010 at 7:15 pm
(80) Patricia says:

Darvocet WORKS! I have taken Darvocet for four years for fibromyalgia. I only take when needed and my doctors are happy to renew my prescriptions. Darvocet agrees with me…NO SIDE EFFECTS and it’s affordable. It also is a good drug when sleep is impossible. I believe there is some underlying (perhaps political) reason Darvocet has been discontinued. It works too well…and for the most part is very safe for those of us who need relief for ongoing pain. Now I don’t know what I can take. I’ve tried other meds and they do not work. Thanks FDA! (And yes, Darvocet is NOT for everyone…just like asprin is not for everyone.)

December 27, 2010 at 11:06 am
(81) Chronic Pain Pt & DC in NC says:

I have been using Darvon or one of its many combinations for over 37 years. I never had a single problem with using it for controlling my pain. The maker of this drug did not have a big enough profit margin from it so they created a study to dupe the FDA in to asking them to recall the drug. While 3000 deaths in 53 years is sad it is a very minimal from a drug with over 10 million prescriptions each year. That comes to a risk factor of approximately 0.03% per prescription per year. There are so many more drugs with much higher risk rates. I guess they will be pulling those drugs as soon as their profit margin drops.

The interesting thing is I did suffer from a drug induced cardiac dysfunction that caused me to have SCD (Sudden Cardiac Death). That drug was desiperamine. I was not taking or had been taking darvon or similar drugs for sometime prior to that incident. How come tricyclic antidepressants such as that are not pulled? Because they are still making a large enough profit margin from them. I hate to say I am cynical but…

Thank You FDA and Thank You for the pain and suffering to come from ObamaCare!!

December 27, 2010 at 2:54 pm
(82) Neversatisfied says:

Check with your Doctor and Dentist as well! He may prescribe it for you if your individual needs are worth the risk!
BUT KNOW THIS:
If the heart beats too quickly, it may not be able to pump blood well enough to keep a person alive. Most long-term effects are related to the cause. For example, rapid heartbeat due to anxiety or exercise often goes away quickly and has no long-term effects. Rapid heartbeat due to an arrhythmia or sepsis may sometimes result in death.

December 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm
(83) Patricia says:

PS to above: I had surgery this year & had a battery of heart tests for my pre-op. My heart is excellent & I had actually taken Darvocet the week of the test. No one, including the doctors running the tests questioned my use of Darvocet. ???

I see how attorneys are already throwing out their fish hooks to use this opportunity to make money at the expense of the rest of us. Again: (Darvocet is NOT for everyone…just like asprin is NOT for everyone.)

December 27, 2010 at 7:04 pm
(84) Star says:

I had a gastric bypass several years ago and since then can no longer take: NSAIDS (including Ultram, Tramadol, Aleve, etc), Codeine, Ibuprophen, and several antibiotics. I too suffer from fibro myalgia (cymbalta helps thank god), and when it’s in overdrive Darvocet helped. I have about 6 left in the cabinet and treating them like gold. The only other pain medicine that helped me were Fentanyl patches. I have migraines and arthritis in my lower back. My Pain Management Doctor prescribed 12 mg Fentanyl patches (they come stronger but I need to be able to work/think clearly). The only side affect I found was a slight headache from time to time and tylenol took care of it.

It definitely sucks that Darvocet will no longer be an option, but I hope some of you can benefit from using the Fentanyl patches as an alternative. Also, lidocaine patches help numb local pain. I’m using them on a messed up shoulder now. They are prescription only though.

December 29, 2010 at 9:39 pm
(85) JNT says:

I’m surprised there aren’t more people on here suggesting medical marijuana! Works for and so much safer!

December 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm
(86) David says:

Why in the world did they take Darvocet off the market I am a heart patient and my cardiologist was fine with me taking it. I have had 5 heart attacks since 1996 and have been taking it ever since. I am now forced to take Tylenol with Codiene and am in pain all the time now without the Darvocet. I wish I had it back. I can’t sleep because the diabetic neuropathy won’t settle down but did with the darvocet. It’s crap with taking it off the market for those who abused the drug and leaving us with real pain to suffer with drugs that don’t work. Please start manufacturing Darvocet and Darvon again for the people who really need it.

January 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm
(87) June says:

Please register your complaint with the FDA regarding the recall of Darvon!http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/email/cder/comment.cfm

Without this medication, I am afraid that I will have to go on disability.

January 3, 2011 at 9:02 pm
(88) Terry says:

So….let’s take off the market a mild pain reliever like Darvocet and leave Vicodin and other stronger, addicting pain medications on the market. So what do we Darvocet users do now? I have tried alternatives and they make me nauseous or they don’t work at all. I only take Darvocet when needed and Darvocet agrees with me…NO SIDE EFFECTS and it’s affordable. I think we should be able to make our own decisions about the risks we are willing to take. Please, please start manufacturing Darvocet and Darvon again for the people who really need it and are willing to take the risk.

January 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm
(89) Rachael says:

Wow……I found out this morning that I can’t get it filled anymore. Like all of you I had no clue. Called the doctor’s office just now and waiting on a call back. I use mine for chronic back pain as well as headaches. I’m afarid to think what’s going to happen now. After two years of living pain free guess it’s time to go back to being in pain 80% of the time. The FDA sucks!!!!!

January 5, 2011 at 11:33 am
(90) Michele says:

It’s political pressure that is causing this. Voluntary withdrawal my ass! The FDA implied that they won’t approve the pharmaceutical companies next trial if they don’t withdraw it. Do we live in a communist or socialist country or is this is democracy?! If this stuff is as dangerous as the FDA is implying, why would the manufacturer’s take the risk of liability? How many wrongful deaths and lawsuits have been instituted for Darvocet. This doesn’t add up. This just sounds like political manipulation and Big Momma telling me what’s good for me. There are medications out there. Like many of you out there, this medication is the only one that I can take that I don’t react badly to. I’d like to know who’s benefiting from taking Darvocet off the market. It’s certainly not for my benefit.

January 6, 2011 at 8:49 pm
(91) Trish Bullock says:

Being allergic to so many medications Darvocet N-100 for is the only medication I can take for Arthritic pain. This has worked for me for the last 5 year, and now it is helped me recover from Knee- Replacement surgery. This is the only medication I can take. If this medication is so dangerous, why is cigarettes and alcohol still on the market?

January 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm
(92) Joy Ann Jones says:

Please, someone, post the FDA number here. Grumbling about it on a board may feel nice, but thousands of phone calls will affect them more.
Our freedoms are being clipped one by one, by profit seekers. One should have the freedom to decide, after proper discussion with one’s doctor, if the risk is worth it.

January 10, 2011 at 12:58 am
(93) WJE says:

I take this, and have never had a problem with it. Period !! Broke my back 13 years ago and have taken it off and on. Recenlty been on it since Feb 2010 to present. But can’t get it anymore. Allergic to Codine so Darvocet worked really well for me. The perscriptions they want you to have now, do not work – I truly hope they come out with something to replace Darvocet. My Ortho doc stated just the other day, that this has been on the market 50 + years – and ppl lived…… I belive this is a ploy to the drug companies to the Drug Admin to go hand in hand – to come out with a more expensice pain med that we will not be able to afford. I went to a pain management dr (and on the first visit, wants to install a pacemaker (for pain management) ????????

January 10, 2011 at 1:10 am
(94) Wanda E says:

I left a post a few min ago,and it did not post – I have been on darvocet for years now and have NO Heart issues. Period – what else are we to take. From reading all this responses – pondering if we can all get-together somehow and go after the FDA – our rights have been taken away – They don’t care that we are in pain. I follow the law, I follw what my Drs say – and my ortho Dr said – Darvocet as been on the market for 50 + years (and now they say it kills ppl) Bull – It is all about the money – the FDA and Drug Co are hand in hand – watch a new drug come out and costs lots of money…. Wondering if 1 woman can sue the FDA…. Let them have my pain in my back – My arthritis – My Bercitis in the hip -

January 11, 2011 at 11:00 pm
(95) Peg G says:

Send a complaint to
druginfo@fda.hhs.gov

I guarantee this is a pharmaceutical company paying off the FDA so they can bring out a newer better product and charge more for the drug. The pharmaceutical company gave in too easy on this and there is no doctor that I have heard that understands this. I have talked to a couple who said there was never any warning about this at all. Darvocet has been around since 1957 and it was cheap. So now you wait and see, they will bring out a new improved product.

January 12, 2011 at 3:34 pm
(96) Cindy says:

My heart goes out to those who have had trouble (or had loved ones in this position) with this med. But let’s face it, EVERY DRUG ON THE MARKET HAS RISKS. You also have to consider all other meds taken in various combinations; an individual’s health conditions, etc. Just listen to every commercial advertising meds on the market! It’s laughable when you hear all the risks involved!

As with most postings, I have taken and depended on this med for MS and Fibromyalgia for 30 years. I’ve tried most every pain medication on the market with NO success and I am just panic stricken at this point. My doctor is currently trying to figure out what else I can take, but I’ve waited a week for him to call back now. Ugh. I would LOVE to try medical marijuana, but live in a state where it is not legal. That’s a crime in itself too.

People who don’t deal with chronic pain simply will never understand what it means to have to face every day with pain that effects every single thing that you do. Pain that feels crippling. Pain that won’t allow you to work, have a decent conversation, stay emotionally stable, keep your relationships alive and well. Chronic pain is a horrible thing that I don’t wish on anyone.

January 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm
(97) Cindy says:

They dropped the last paragraph of my post! I wanted to end by saying . . .

So – what can we do collectively? Surely there is something that can be done if we all join TOGETHER and try to get this reversed. Whether it means suing the company or the FDA or something? I’m in if you are! Is there anyone with knowledge in doing something like this. If so, speak up and let’s get something done!

January 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm
(98) Dawn says:

I suffer from chronic back pain and severe migraine headaches, Darvocet was the ONLY medication that helped with both problems and never made me loopy or sick to my stomach. Vicoden makes me get awful headaches so my doctor gave me Tylenol 3, I have taken this for the last month and have gained 10 lbs! And am SO irritable now, I have never in my life been this angry so easily. So next week I go back yet again to try a new alternative. Thank you to the FDA to make MY adult decision for me as to what I should or shouldnt take for pain. My life has been turned upside down due to this issue. Please bring back propoxyphene to the market.

January 14, 2011 at 12:26 am
(99) A.S. Jim says:

Man this sucks, both my Primary care doctor and Rhematologist are against this move, they both agree the the benifits outway the risks. Something stinks in the FDA, and I’m sure if you follow the money you’ll find the perp.

It’s not the (not yet) health legislation that caused this, it’s the lawyers looking for lawsuits, always looking for more ways to sue and make more money.

January 17, 2011 at 7:44 pm
(100) Davis says:

Today I got the news that in the summer of 20011 they are taken Percocet, Vicodin,off the market..then next will be Lortab …I been taken Darvoctt for 40 yrs I am 53yrs old never had a problem with it. but now the others meds are going to be off the market to what are the people to do for really bad PAIN!!!!!

January 17, 2011 at 8:54 pm
(101) pj says:

What the hell just called my meds in and the lady told me it was a recall on one of them,I have had open heart 2x ,now this is not good.what kind of docter ,do we have,are is it just the love of money

January 17, 2011 at 9:26 pm
(102) n.williams says:

I am 80 years old and have taken Darvocet since it came out . I am allerget (?) to many pills. this one has been a blessing to me for the awfull pain I have in my back most every day and night. What can we do to get it put back on the market? so many pain pills send me on an out of body space flight. Don’t and can’t take that. Please help us get it back. thank you. N.W.

January 17, 2011 at 9:41 pm
(103) Rita says:

I have lived with breast cancer that spread to one of my vertebra for almost 10 yrs. I am allergic to codeine and get deathly ill from percocet and morphine. Darvocet has relieved the pain in my back splendidly for all these years. On really bad days the most I ever took in 24 hrs was 4. It’s interesting that after all of these years, it is NOW causing heart problems.
I’ve been on several different sites and there are thousands of folks just like us that have few choices for pain relief except other meds that cause more side effects.
Is there some way we can get it back on the market like the folks did with Celebrex arthritis meds?
I imagine it would take the support of the pharmaceutical company but it would be certainly worth the effort.
I do not want to take a stronger med when this one has worked so well for so long.

January 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm
(104) Carol Siti says:

I have fibromyalgia and found out that I too am allergic to anything stronger. Propoxyphene was not my first choice because most of the time it only takes off the edge, but sometimes it doesn’t touch the pain. Lyrica the new wonder drug for fibro does absolutely nothing for the pain and the side affects are terrible. Savella which is also a fibro drug but it helps only with depression. I’m like the rest of you, wondering what in the world I’m going to do in order to cope.

January 19, 2011 at 9:35 am
(105) Pam says:

And what do we do with our left over bottles of Propxyphene. I still have one, an other stuff I get the itches from painpills, so what other one works that like the propxyphene did????????

January 20, 2011 at 11:23 am
(106) Sam Reves Jr says:

Now I’m buggered up, new med (tramadol) doesn’t work for crap. The quality of my life has gone to hell in a handbasket. I had heart arythmia with darocet, switched to darvon crap canning the acetamenaphine and went back to normal. Funny huh,

January 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm
(107) russmanjr says:

I too feel for all those that have lost loved ones due to complications from this drug, but there are risks with almost every drug you take. Been on darvo and percocet for 13plus years in combination and have never had a problem. Darvocet definitely works, period! Was in a trial recently for new arthritis and pain drug, so believe this is due to hit market in 2012, called Tenuzemab, google it! Believe as most of you do that money is behind FDA removing Darvo from market, getting ready for a new product, but what to do until then? Become addicted to stronger med, I suppose, sad how this country works?

January 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm
(108) russmanjr says:

Believe as you all do that this related to money. New drug to hit market for pain due out in 2012? Next to take the hit are vicodin and percocet and all opiods eventually to be removed!

January 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm
(109) Susan says:

I have read alot of comments about the FDA taking Darvocet away from us. When in chronic pain Darvocet really helps. This is my suggestion, We need to find a good lawyer that is willing to sue the company for us because they have caused pain and suffering on each and everyone of us… So If anyone knows of a good lawyer willing to sue for pain and suffering for us. Please let us know. Meanwhile I will be checking into this matter, because they have caused me some severe pain and suffering…

January 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm
(110) corey vukelich says:

This isnt about drug safety and everyone knows it! I could go out tonight and get completely trashed on alcohol then go home and take a BIRTH CONTROL pill..both of which have much more negative side effects than Darvocet. I hope all those who made this decision are healthy and have an active life…because they have ruined mine!

January 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm
(111) Lisa says:

you guys seriously need help
find something else to focus on other than your “chronic” addiction to pain meds to solve your mental issues everyone has to deal with life- its called sobriety

January 24, 2011 at 11:10 pm
(112) OB says:

I have been taking Darvocet for fybromyalgia for years also. I found records that I was taking it in early 2003, In August 2003 I had to have a pacemaker at 45 with no prior signs of slow heart rate, I have gone from one heart valve leaking to four heart valves leaking, I also have polymorphic PVC’s which severly limit what medicine I take and activity. Last year I started havining stomach problems when taking Darvocet and switced to Mepertab which is working fine. Go figure the PVC’s improved however nothing that can be done about the pacemaker. Every 8 or 9 years I will have to have another surgery to replace the pacemaker. Don’t take the risk It should be pulled from the market long ago. Talk to your doctor about alternatives.

January 28, 2011 at 10:19 am
(113) Barbara M says:

I filed a Citizen’s Petiton with FDA requesting they revoke/vacate the recall. As soon as I have the docketing no. I wll post it and the address for those who want to join in and/or comment. The petition is at http://www.barbaramawlaw.com/fda_petition.pdf

January 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm
(114) Carolyn says:

My mom at 85 has taken Darvocet for the last 20 yrs reguarly that I know of with no side affects. She has severe headaches due to blockages in the brain. She has never even changed her dose of 1 darvocet a day in all these years, and I can assure she would rather risk the side affects rather than the headaches. Tramadol does nothing and she does not want to take meds that can be very addicting, so now it is back to OC meds that will damage and kidneys. So much for our choices to make up our minds to accept the possible side affects versus the severe pain. Thanks FDA for removing 1 more choice. What is next….

February 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm
(115) Lisa says:

Im in so much pain now thanks to them takeing my darvocet away, bastards!! I have been takeing them for 2 years now and helped me a great deal with my back pain. I was injured on my job and had to have surgery on 2 badly herniated discs, plus since that injury i deal with nasty headaches along with it. I cant take anything with codeine and it leaves me with takeing only tylenol which dont do anything. Dont know what else to do, i guess im going to have to suffer, like they care!!

February 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm
(116) Nina says:

I am sad to hear all these people are so angry about this medication being removed. Please consider the consequences. I am one of those people that have been diagnosed with a serous heart arrhythmia. I have been scheduled for 2 risky surgeries, have been on different heart medications. I have gained 30 pounds from these meds, I am exhausted all the time, my life has not been the same since this diagnosis. Please be thankful that you were not one of the victims. I am thankful that no-one else will have to suffer with what I have been going through. FYI… I was not a chronic user. I only used these on a very limited basis. Maybe 6 to eight pills a year!

February 3, 2011 at 4:47 am
(117) Im angry says:

This makes me so mad that they took Darvocet off the market..Darvocet is a good med.. Ive took it for about 10 years and never had any side effects..and the way they did it was very mean..I had no idea and neither did my dr. How can the FDA do this and get by with this..I guess they dont care about people with chronic pain. My dr put me on some strong med and it made me sick and I could not sleep..The people that abused it is hurting us..Do you HEAR THAT FDA?

February 4, 2011 at 1:44 am
(118) Angry says:

For everyone please send a complant to anywhere you can find a place to get darvocet or darvon back on the market..If you have facebook put a search for-

Darvon/Darvocet Recall: justified or not? Its a group that is fighting to get it back on the market. Barbara Maw that wrote above has filed a petition against FDA for taking our meds off the market and for doing it without any warning..We need our meds for chronic pain and to not be put on strong addictive pain meds..My Dr gave me norco a very addictive drug that I cant take..I tried it 2 times and I was awake all night and was sick all the next day..If you are not on facebook join it to help.This page will tell you how to write a comment… Thanks

February 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm
(119) Lori says:

WE NEED TO DEMAND THAT THE FDA PUT DARVOCET BACK ON THE MARKET AS THERE ARE FAR TO MANY PEOPLE SUFFERING IN PAIN DUE TO THEM REMOVING IT.

WRITE TO YOUR CONGRESSMEN/WOMEN AND INSIST THEY INTERVENE.

February 6, 2011 at 7:02 pm
(120) snider says:

It has been out forever & now they decide it is a ris? do they think we are dumb. they just want to bring out a new med & can sell it for the higher prescrition prices than the generic darvocet. I can only take this damn pain medicine for my CRPS. this is bs. if someone’s had a problem thean quit taking it. geez….our happy sue country california, hurts alot of others who do not have a problem with it. I mean seriously this is getting ridiculous.

February 8, 2011 at 11:42 am
(121) Lynn says:

There has been a petition filed with the fda to revoke the recall on Darvon/Darvocet. See comment on this page 113 from a lawyer Barbara Maw to read the petition. You can leave a comment with the fda on this petition. If you are againest the recall please do this. There is a facebook page with links to this petition and the fda site where you can comment. See facebook.com

February 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm
(122) Lynn says:

Sorry I didn’t leave the complete link. Operator error. Let me try again. Also this site can be accessed even if you don’t belong to facebook I think. Here it ishttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Darvon-Darvocet-Recall-Justified-or-not

February 17, 2011 at 2:58 am
(123) L says:

Im in bad pain tonight and I have nothing to take..I cant take the strong drug my dr gave me..I was doing good with darvocet..Now I worry what Im going to do because I dont want to take those strong drugs..They maker me sick…

February 17, 2011 at 7:04 am
(124) John S. says:

I am also someone who has taken this pain med for over a decade with no ill effects. I have chronic back pain and have tried nearly every one of the “latest and greatest” pain meds to hit the market and Propoxyphene has been the only one to ease the pain without disabling the brain. If you read the petition issued by Barbara L. Maw (link at comment 113) you will see how baseless the FDA recall is. Like the baseless claim in comment 116 who blames a random heart condition on a med when she only took “6 to 8 pills a year”. Go to the links in comments 87 and 95 to lodge your complaint, and write your representatives in DC as suggested in comment 119. Join the facebook page (link in comment 122). We have to do more than just bitch about it here. If every person would vent their pain constructively, we might be able to make a difference.

February 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm
(125) healthnut says:

If propoxyphene were such an effective drug, why is it almost exclusively prescribed in combination with acetaminophen? If it were so good, Darvon would have been prescribed and not Darvocet N 100. There were many warnings given regarding its use in the elderly. It was on the Beers list, yet doctors continued to prescribe it for the elderly . It is a good thing that it was removed, but my question is why did it take so long to remove it. Let’s see, out in 1957 and it is 2011…that is 54 years for us to realize what a dangerous drug this is! Those who have used it for extended periods of time were hooked on it. If they call that pain relief then OK. I am sure they will have to go with another narcotic to satisfy this addiction. From what I know, acetaminophen alone should offer almost the same pain relief as Darvocet N 100. If the long time users were not hooked on it then why were they always in to get their refills at their local pharmacy exactly on the earliest day they could get it? Darvocet N 100 is an “as needed” drug and is not to be used around the clock. If it was used correctly, the users would not have been in on the morning of the earliest day they could get it refilled. They would have had some left over from their “months supply”. It was just another abused drug.

February 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm
(126) Pam says:

hey healthnut….you are full of crap….you don’t know the first thing of what you say on here. I think you need to do some research and be in pain for about 15 years before passing judgement on your fellow man.

March 1, 2011 at 9:23 am
(127) Rick Spalding says:

I have used this drug for 30 years!!!!!!! I have not heard or seen any news about people dropping like flies and as far as I can find there are over 10 millon people DEPENDING on this drug as a resonable alternative to hard narcotics!!!!!!!!!!!!How dare they do this!!!!!!!!!!!Black box it like so many others are. I see ads on TV for drugs that have side effects that would scare the pants off of you…..what about them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Now I have to take drugs that will become a problem over time. THANKS for nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm
(128) Rick Spalding says:

27 years…yes…27 years I have depended on Propoxyphene 65 to handle Crohn’s Cramps, Arthritis, Stomach tube pain, headaches….etc… All alternatives are costly and either don’t work at all or are over kill. I don’t know if the petitions to rescind the ban will do any good….they all site the fact that the UK banned it years ago and for some reason Canada did the same??? There has got to be a political aspect to this arbitrary decision. I found a petition that explains in depth the studies and pros and cons that apply here….It’s too long to add here but you can get it at:
http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;dct=FR+PR+N+O+SR;rpp=10;po=0;D=FDA-2011-P-0064
Please pray with me that someone in power sees the injustice in this ruling and reverses it before thousands of people go to more expensive controlled and in my opinion dangerous drugs…..without a reversal we all will have no choice. Sign every petition you can find!! Maybe ….just maybe this can be turned around!!

March 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm
(129) Rick Spalding says:

Sorry for the discrepancy in years…..counted to be more accurate….27 is almost exact!!!

March 4, 2011 at 6:58 pm
(130) theresa says:

I have been taking propoxyphene for 10 years for arthritis pain. Have had two joint replacement surgeries and will have another soon. The pain is definitely not in my head. No one is giving us any information on what to do when we stop taking Darvon products. What about withdrawal? I have tried Percodan/Percocet and all it does is make me jittery and upsets my stomach. Don’t want to try anything harsher. My doctors aren’t much help. They just warn about withdrawal and prescribe Percocet.

March 6, 2011 at 11:42 am
(131) judy says:

I have been sick and twice as disabled since propoxyphene hcl 65mg was taken away from me. In addition to multiple herniated discs and fibromyalgia, since the removal of propoxyphene,I suffer from neurological breakdowns such as loss of bladder and bowel control.

For 15 years or more, I was prescribed cyclobenzaprine and lorazepam with the propoxyphene. You bozos recall the propoxyphene and what does my Doctor and Pharmacist do? They give me TRAMADOL! A REAL DEATH SENTENCE!

Research claims I should look forward to Grand Mal seizures, respiratory failure, and other serious contraindications. Terrific! I could take my meds before bed and die in my sleep. Oh well, another statistic from accidental overdose. BS!

I will sign anything releasing accountability if I can continue my life with the propoxyphene, combined with the cyclobenzaprine and lorazepam. My chronic pain cocktail WORKED for MANY YEARS. Now I am even afraid to take Prozac because that containdication of too much seratonin in my brain will kill me, too! Seratonin POISONING. I’m sick and depressed.

The pharmacy stopped sending the information about Tramadol because it looks like hell with the paperwork on the Prozac, cyclobenzaprine, and lorazepam. How’s that for a guilt complex? Sounds like a good reason to sue but I can’t sue anyone because I’ll be dead. Easy solution: I will sue NOW.

March 7, 2011 at 1:56 am
(132) michelle s says:

I was on the darvocet for over 10 years and It was the only thing that helped my headaches and my joint pain from my lupus. I have started taking tylenol 3 and it is not the same kind of relief I use to get. This is horrible for me when it comes to work I have missed a lot more days because of that. Does anyone know if they are going to come out with something similar to the darvocet n-100?

March 7, 2011 at 8:18 pm
(133) becky says:

I was given Tramadol after Darvocet was pulled from the market. Do not take this drug. It did not help with the pain and after 1 short month I had a grand mal seizure resulting in a severe concussion. $8000 later my pain level has never been worse. Stay away from Tramadol!!!

March 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm
(134) B. maw says:

I have filed a petition with FDA asking them to revoke the recall. This is a first step before anything can be filed in federal court. To review that petition and/or comment go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2011-P-0064-0001

If you want to be updated provide me your e-mail address. I can be reached at info@barbaramawlaw.com

FDA has 180 days to reach a decision. That would be sometime in July.

March 9, 2011 at 6:28 am
(135) Rhonda Weece says:

I was just informed of this last night. I have been using darvocet for years as well. But upon googling “darvocet recall” scrolling down to the bottom of the page, it seems they have just about had recalls on every pain medication out there. including Tylenol and baby aspirin. Why isn’t this research done more thoroughly before hitting the market? Maybe this is why I never read the side effects. I’m better off not knowing. Live with pain? or take a chance and die trying?

March 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm
(136) marion says:

Ridiculous. This drug has been around for close to 50 years & they suddenly discovered it is dangerous?

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