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The Dangerous Side Effects of Propoxyphene

Published on Feb 11, 2011 at 11:00 am in Dangerous Drugs.

Propoxyphene was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1957 as a pain reliever, and has since been used by about 10 million patients. However, the drug was recently pulled off the market, according to MedScape.com.

Five years ago, the drug was banned in the United Kingdom because it posed a risk to patients of suicide. In 2009, it was taken off the market in Europe because of worries about overdoses. Any Kentucky Darvocet side effect attorney would want the public to know that Darvocet has now been taken off the market in the U.S. because of concern over arrhythmias.

The drug has been marketed under the names Darvon and Darvocet. In January 2009, an FDA advisory committee voted against allowing propoxyphene products to be marketed any longer. The committee also asked for more information about the drug’s effects on the heart. Later that year, the FDA decided the drug could be marketed, but must have a warning about the risk of overdoses. Finally, in November 2010, new study results, along with medical examiner reports and other data, caused the drug to be removed from the market after the FDA issued a recommendation against the drug and its continued use. The study found that the drug could put patients seriously at risk for heart rhythm abnormalities.