November 19th, 2010
11:50 AM ET

Darvon, Darvocet to be pulled from U.S. market

Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc. - the maker of Darvon and Darvocet, the brand version of the prescription pain medication propoxyphene - has agreed to withdraw the medication from the U.S. market at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the FDA said on Friday.

The FDA sought the action after new clinical data showed the drug puts patients at risk of potentially serious or even fatal heart rhythm abnormalities.

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  1. Name*kristina

    I took this for over 4 yrs. and in the last two years I was on it the doses wouldn't help my chronic pain. My doctor wouldn't give me anything else. I switched doctors and started on Ty 4 which helped so much. Now for the last couple years I have gotten chest pain and a feeling like my heart was not right. Even now I still get this feeling of it beating hard, rapid, and feeling a skip ping or short stopping feeling. I complained once to the first doctor and he did an ekg. It was normal, but I wasn't experiencing the feeling at that time. Typically I feel it more at night. I still get it even after stopping darvocet. I never had a feeling like this prior to taking darvocet. I really hope it is not from the darvocet and not something I will live with forever. I fear after seeing it has been pulled though that I may have gotten this condition from it. Wondering if any doc on here can tell me if what I experience would be considered arythemia and if so what should I do about it? Thanks!

    November 20, 2010 at 09:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Judy

      You can be assured it was not darvocet that caused your problems.

      November 25, 2010 at 11:12 | Report abuse |
  2. Nancy up North

    I've taken Darvocet for post surgery relief after 5 surgeries. Soon to have surgery #6. Nothing eases it like Darvocet. Also, I have Restless Leg Syndrome to the point that I walk and walk to TRY and relieve it, Darvocet eases that. Sure it's been on the market for a good long time. Typical government...if it works good... break it!
    Leave Darvocet and it's generics alone! EIther that, or legalize medical marijuana!

    November 20, 2010 at 10:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Towelie

    Don't forget to bring a towel......

    November 20, 2010 at 15:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Sandra

    Kristina, be careful. You sound exactly like the way I felt and I ended up in the ER several times. They tried to tell me nothing was wrong. One time they kept me over night on a heart monitor and I went into a fatal heart arryth. I had to go by ambulance to another hospital for a test and they ended up doing an oblation. All my EKGs have been normal. I have taken Darvocet for about 30 years. I have extremely serious back problems. I am on fentanyl patches and Darvacet has helped with the break thru pain. I continue to have problems with my heart however. It's just not bad enough to cause a real problem at this time. Take care of yourself and believe in yourself. I am very lucky to be alive. This has me very concerned.

    November 20, 2010 at 21:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Gloria

    I have suffered from osteoarthritis for forty years. I have been taken off of aspirin and ibuprofin since they were deemed too dangerous. Celebrex and other were ineffective. Tylenol by itself gives me nothing but a drink of water. It is absolutely useless. I don't want to go to the super-high powered drugs like vicodin. Does this mean I should try marijuana? I don't know where else to go.

    November 21, 2010 at 14:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. tammy cochran

    I have been suffering from fibro, chronic fatigue, and recently surgery gone bad with bladder problems from the surgery. I have tried to take oxy, loratab, etc, I just can't function and makes me sick and dizzy. Darvocet is the only thing that works for me and has enabled me to go back to work and live a basically normal life. I have also tried the tylenol/advil combo which works but I took so much in a day, my doctor was afraid my kidneys would shut down. I believe a can of worms is being opened and a lot more people are going to be hurt when they start taking handfuls of tylenol to stop pain. Do you really think it is okay to start prescribing vicodin, oxy, ect. There are already signs of trouble with these medications. When will it stop and what am I supposed to do. I am terrified I will lose my job, go through withdrawels, etc??????

    November 22, 2010 at 04:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Pam

    It all comes down to this: if you don't take the medication as directed, you will have problems. I have osteoarthritis and fibromylagia, along with a laundry list of other problems, and I take a pain med everyday. Like another responder, I cannot take NSAIDS because of the side-effects. I also take Tylenol Arthritis during and after a medical treatment treatment I get once a month for something I was born with. It really helps me during the following two recovery days; I leave my prescript. pain med off a few days before. Anyway, I take my meds as directed, and I am fine. Darvocet and Darvon have been prescribed for pain for years; only when few people are having problems that the companies make EVERYONE suffer. Doing these kinds of things will only drive people to get them from Canada or worse, the black market. "They" wonder why we go to these measures.......Ones who are making such crazy posts are obivously ones who have never had pain other than menstrual cramps or a toothache.

    November 22, 2010 at 17:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Janet

      Darvocet and Darvon are the only pain medications I could tolerate. Now, I am on others, my feet swell up like elephants, or the oxycodones make me so sick, I can't stand myself. They have meds for osteoarthritis that eat away at your bones, or meds for RA that causes cancer. They have black box medications, why can't they leave well enough alone, I have been told by both the pharmacy and my doctor alot of people can't tolerate anything else. I want them to bring back Darvocet, and Darvon.

      August 11, 2011 at 04:47 | Report abuse |
  8. Charles Rizzo

    This is all bull. Its about $$$ and a NEW more expensive pain pill. I have dealt with chronic pain for 25 years. Really people open your eyes. Pam you are 100% right on! You EXPERTS remind me of people who give parenting tips but have no kids.
    I am 60 years old and have been on and off pain meds for over 25 years. Look up dependance vs addiction. Do not allow yourself to be humiliated by these self righteous morons who are just one brain cell short of needing pain meds. God bless ALL who contend with pain.....the rest of you can go to....the FDA!

    November 23, 2010 at 22:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Judy

      You are just sooooooo right. Go to the FDA, horseplops. The insurance companies own them too.

      November 25, 2010 at 11:07 | Report abuse |
    • Judy

      actually a 30 day supply of daron, or rather it's generic is or was $242.00.

      November 25, 2010 at 11:22 | Report abuse |
  9. Judy

    Stupid just Stupid this drug is more than 40 years old. It has never been shown to have side effects. It is not habit forming and it works. However it is now very exspensive for some reason, and the insurance companies do not want to foot the bill. If anything can show proof positive that insurance companies own this Government this should.

    November 25, 2010 at 11:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Mary in Tx.

    I found this out a few days ago when I had to have a diskogram, along with Demerol.

    I am allergic to all morphine and codeine medicines, so I don't know what I will do when they replace 3 vertebrae-this leaves nothing for me to take for pain in or out of the hospital.

    November 26, 2010 at 18:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Nancy Groover

    So happy to hear of others on Darvocet for long periods and not having any problems. It has not only helped me
    with 12 yrs. of Fibromyalgia, I now have Spinal Neurapathy from failed back surgery. I am suppose to have an implant
    put in by my pain specialist, but right now I have put it off. Darvocet is, for me, a lifesaver and I also wore a heart monitor
    last year for 2 weeks, and my cardio MD. said I was absolutely fine. I also just had CT with barium and contrast and
    all of my organs are functioning fine. Last week at my Ortho MD(did not perform my surgery_done with lasers!) he
    had to prescribe Vicodin for my level 8-9 pain. I have not tried it yet, since a friend said it would increase my insomnia-
    which is a tremendous problem. Thankfully. I have e few Darvs. left , but soon I will have to try something else.
    Who has had insomnia on Vicodin or other side effects. I really sympathize with all of you who are chronic pain patients
    and are being forced to, at least, try something stronger. Also, Tramadol does nothing but make me dizzy!
    Partner in Pain

    November 27, 2010 at 13:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Rene' Haney

    I am so upset about Darvocet being taken off the market. This is the only pain med that I can take. I've tried Tramadol and it doesn't work at all and I can not take any opiate derivative because it makes me violently ill. I also don't want to get hooked on pain meds. With the Darvocet I can take it when needed and not worry about withdrawals. I have taken this for years and I'm 61 now and don't know what I will do without it. I'd be willing to sign a statement saying I will not hold the pharmaceutical companies responsible for any side effect that I may incur while taking Darvocet. That should release them of all responsiblity from me taking my pain reliever and I would still get the relief I so desparetly need. Why can't this be done.

    November 28, 2010 at 21:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Janet

      Right there with you. I had it for years, and tramadol makes me suicidal. Soma makes me swell, so much for the good of the people, we know our bodies better than they do. Alot of people are saying they will sign a statement. Give me a pen, I will too, it didn't stop my pain, but it eased it up.

      August 11, 2011 at 04:52 | Report abuse |
  13. Regina Lilley

    wish that you self righteous do gooders would disappear. If you take a medicine and you have a reaction then just don’t take it again. Why do you feel compelled to take my medicine away from me because it didn’t work for you? It is the only thing I can take for severe Fibromyalgia and Arthritis. With this medicine I can exercise and function. Without it I will be bedridden and in terrible pain. I had to have a pyroplasty a long time ago and I cannot take anything Ibuprofen based or aspirin based, and this was the only medicine that took the pain away and had NO SIDE EFFECTS! Why couldn’t you just not take it if you don’t like it, why do you think you know what is best for everyone else? What is next for you Nazis? The Public Citizen organization is just a click away from getting rid of the books they deem “dangerous” and then the movies, and then the Internet! Where do they draw the line in “looking out for us” If you have a reaction to a medicine then JUST DON’T TAKE IT! But it might help someone else, tend to your own business and stay out of mine! This is just like the thought police, believe me, I have seen this happen before in Germany and we are skyrocketing in the same direction! Wake up people!

    November 29, 2010 at 13:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Meredith

    I am with many of you. I have Fibromyalgia nad Degenerative Joint Disease. I take Lyrica, but there are some days that the arthritis pain is just too strong for Tylenol Arthritis, on those days Darvocet takes the edge off. One bottle of 30 tablets usually lasts me 3 months. I am doing my darndest to stay off of stronger meds. I am deathly allergic to codeine and cannot take NSAIDs (which rarely help my conditions anyway). I am honestly fearful. I am only 31, but have been suffering from this for 15 years and managing my pain with the occasional Darvocet. I am trying to do the right thing, by not taking a stronger med (even when it's offered), and now I'm penalized because some people had an adverse reaction or chose to misuse the drug. It does not seem fair that I should have to pay for the irresponsibility of a few. And for those who just had a reaction, I'm sorry, but there are risks with EVERY drug available, so don't take a medicine if it bothers you.

    The same thing has happened with my chronic sinusitis meds. A few people were using the meds for chronic sinus sufferers to make meth. Rather than catch the people making the meth, we'll just punish all of the people that can benefit from and feel like normal human beings because of a medication.

    November 30, 2010 at 00:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. DocFor20Years

    I have only prescribed Darvon a handful of times for two main reasons; first of all i have found that Tylenol No.3 works a heck of a lot better and secondly im just a simple creature of habit. None the less, my patients always seem to be pleased!

    December 5, 2010 at 04:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Janet

      I am allergic to codeine, tramdol, hydrocodone, soma, oxycodone, so darvon and darvocet helped me, now I have tried the others, have ended up t the ER 3 times since November for an allergic reaction. Get real, I never had break out in hives and rashes, or the swelling of the feet and ankles until I tried new medications, darvon, and darvocet never made me swell up, or get blisters that break open. This is so lame.

      February 9, 2011 at 00:41 | Report abuse |
  16. K. Hardy

    Now what do I do for my severe headaches? For forty years I have needed only one 200 mg tablet per headache, which happens every month or so. And I never had a problem. And my heart is in great shape. Darvocet is the only effective medicine that I can take that doesn't cause extreme adverse reactions. On the other hand I have had dangerous anaphylactic reactions to various nsaids, such as indocin, aspirin and ibuprofen which has also caused severe disabling and dangerous esophageal spasms. I also have had adverse reactions to Vicodin and Codeine. Why should I have to suffer because other people have had reactions due primarily to overdoses? Based on that logic, all NSAIDS should be banned because of my and other peoples' adverse reactions to the drugs. This whole decision makes no sense al all. Simply stated I would like to have the right to make an informed choice on this matter. By the way, will the FDA please tell me what safe alternatives are available to people like me?

    December 5, 2010 at 12:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jennifer

      You might want to try Midrin, its awsome for migranes!!

      March 8, 2011 at 12:34 | Report abuse |
  17. Kathryn

    What am I to do? I have used Darvon (without the tylenol) for many years to manage chronic fibromyalgia and arthritis- and It works – I am 65 very healthy have all heart and basic physical screening tests done annually and am in excellent health. I'm a professional and continue in my career and am very concerned about my ability to do this and the effect on the overall quality of my life. I am trying hydorcodone and have the same ( not allergic) but headachy depressed general malaise reaction I've had before to codiene medications. Tramadol does nothing for my pain and so I'm left with the morphine class of medications or perhaps methadone as Darvon is apparently similar in structure to it. I think what the FDA has done is unconscionable and will affect the quality of my life. My physicians are extremely responsible and would not have prescribed Darvon over these years if there were any negative effect on my health which they ( and I) monitor closely.
    How and why does something like this happen in this country? And I agree with others – will the FDA please tell me what safe effective alternatives there are for people like me?

    December 9, 2010 at 15:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. zach

    Like to get answers and find something simular if not same only thing that really works for me while trying to fight back against idiocy....if any knows email me at zachm45@yahoo. thank you

    December 9, 2010 at 22:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Barbara Maw

    The Darvocet recall is not justified.

    January 4, 2011 at 20:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Barbara Maw

    Anyone out there who would like to join together to get darvocet back on the market contact me at info@barbaramawlaw.com.

    January 4, 2011 at 20:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Barbara Maw

    P.S. it is my intention to explore legal action.

    January 4, 2011 at 23:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. J Matt stevenson

    Facebook page to return Darvon / Darvocet to doctor's medication prescriptions for patients once again:


    January 17, 2011 at 21:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Michelle

    I've been taking darvocet for 19 years and never had any problems with it, now who actually controls all of this? think!!!! it is your government, do you think it is a way to cause us who were taking the drug, to now be stressed out and maybe? cause a lot of people to get sick from this from having pain this is what causes heart problems not darvocet, they have to widow us out somehow do you think? they control everything and pass things with out our approval! what happened to we the people! thanks for reading and think about it will you!

    January 20, 2011 at 10:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Janet

      So true, I think it's the government, I never had a problem with it. All these new drugs I do, it's not fair.

      February 9, 2011 at 00:43 | Report abuse |
  24. Drug Counselor

    You are all a bunch of drug addicts and mental midgets. Please seek help.

    January 20, 2011 at 10:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Janet


      February 9, 2011 at 01:55 | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      When I was working as an R.N., part of my practice was effectively working on a substance abuse unit. I am now retired (early) due to a medical painful condition which no longer allows me to work. Your comment is senseless and unprofessional and you seriously need to get out of the business. Your remark has been reported as abuse!

      October 4, 2011 at 19:29 | Report abuse |
  25. Louise

    I am in bad pain and I have nothing to take. I tried the norco my dr gave me and I tried it 2 times,it kept me awake all night and was sick all the next day...darvocet is a good med. It really helped me.If people would not abuse it we may still have it on the market,but people abuse alot of drugs...Now the FDA wants to put us on very strong addiction drugs.How can they do that.THANKS ALOT FDA<are you happy Im in bad pain and you took off the only medicine that helped me..

    February 17, 2011 at 03:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Katie

    I am furious that they took propoxyphene off the market, like most of you, it was the only pain med that I can take. I used to take ibuprophen,but after having a mitral valve replaced, I no longer could take NAIDs. I have arthritis and can only function using the darvon. I tried tramadol for a month and it caused my heart rate to raise and I was taking less than what the prescription called for and it still caused the heart to beat faster, so they should ban tramadol and tylenol as they have bad side effects using the FDA's reasoning.

    March 4, 2011 at 01:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Jennifer

    Well like most of you i am now trying to search for a new pain killer for my next surgery. I have recently gotten off birth control so i can have another baby, since my first baby was twins i will more than likely have to have another c-section, now im second guessing myself, i dont know if i even want to concieve if im gonna have to be in bed for 3 weeks straight. With my first surgery and darvocet i was up and around with my babies the very next day, yes walking, moving right after getting gutted like a fish!!! I haaate hydrocodone, it makes me loopy and cant function on it, I dont misuse anything and for some cases darvocet is the best med. the FDA needs to look into more harmful substances!

    March 8, 2011 at 12:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Billy59

    All of you Posting on here are doing no good. It is a election season, complain to your legislators about this and maybe they will do something to bring it back. Sound like a rip off like some are saying.I have been using Darvocet pretty regularly for 15 years for back ache, leg ache and everything else and nothing is wrong with me. My Nurse practioner told me just yesterday about this not being available and gave me a prescription for Tramado with Aceminophine, you know the one that damages your LIVER!

    March 1, 2012 at 23:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. bscott

    I took Darvocet for thirty nine years without any problems and now I am on Tyl 3. The Darvocet did not completely relieve my pain, but did make it tolerable. Tyl 3 helps about 1/2 as much..

    March 11, 2012 at 09:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. X

    It's all bullcrap! ONE uncommon side affect and they kill it? You can watch any number of commercials on T.V. right now that claim a dozen common side effects, then continue to describe the less common fatal ones, but be sure to ask your doctor if (that) deadly one is right for you. It seems that Propoxyphene worked so well it was cutting into the profits of bigger money, so all you have to do is get together, and lobby to kill it. Game over

    February 8, 2013 at 09:50 | Report abuse | Reply
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