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Propoxyphene belongs to the narcotic (opioid) analgesic class, and is similar to methadone. Opioids, (related to opium) have been around for hundreds of years. Morphine was one of the first opioids.
Porpoxyphene is also known as Darvon, E-Lor, PC-CAP, or Wygesic. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain, before, during and after an operation. Sometimes doctors will prescribe this medicine in combination with other medications, most often with Acetaminophen. The brand names of this drug are Darvocet, and Propocet.
Propoxyphene comes in various forms such as tablets, capsules and liquid. Doctors generally recommend taking it every 4 hours if pain persists. It should be taken according to your doctors orders. Never take more than prescribed for you. This may result in drug overdose.
Dependence on this medication has been reported. It can become habit forming. Patients with a history of drug abuse should not take this prescription medication. If you have been taking this medication for more than 5 days as scheduled by your doctor, do not suddenly quit taking it. This may cause withdrawal symptoms that can be extremely uncomfortable. You may need to be weaned from this medication slowly. Do not take this medication if you have suicidal thoughts or suffer from depression. Propoxyphene causes patients to feel drowsy.
Propoxyphene should not be taken with other medications. Alcohol, sleeping pills and antihistamines should be avoided when you are taking Propoxyphene. If you miss a dose of this medication, do not double up your dose. Simply skip the missed dose and take the next dose on schedule.
It is important that patients drink plenty of water when taking this medication because it can cause constipation. Other side effects include dizziness, lightheadedness, upset stomach, vomiting, drowsiness, pain in the stomach or head, rashes on the skin, and changes in mood. Difficulty breathing is a serious side effect and must be reported to the doctor immediately. Long-term use of this prescription medication is not advised.