Many are of the belief that painkillers work on the nerve signals in the brain to block what we see as pain. Darvocet is often administered by doctors as a solution from Pain Relief of various natures due to its pain reducing properties. Darvocet is an analgesic medicine or pain reliever containing Acetaminophen and Propoxyphene. It is used for the treatment of mild to moderate pain accompanied or unaccompanied by fever. Generic Darvocet is also known as Propoxyphene and it can also be used for other purposes (not mentioned in this medical guide) other than pain relief.
Generic Darvocet is a combination of Acetaminophen and Propoxyphene. While Acetaminophen is a non-narcotic analgesic which is used to provide relief from mild to moderate pain and reducing fever; Propoxyphene is a strong narcotic pain reliever (though weaker than other narcotics) and cough suppressant. Propoxyphene reduces discomfort caused by pain and has a sedating effect. Apart from bringing down fever, Acetaminophen enhances the effect of Propoxyphene in providing greater relief to patients who are suffering from pain. Pain relievers work best when used as soon as the first signs of pain occur. In the same way, Darvocet should be used when you initially diagnose pain. If you wait until the pain worsens, this medication may not work as well.
Darvocet (Propoxyphene) is to be taken as advised by your physician during your pain relief treatment. Ideally, the recommended Darvocet dosage is one or two tablets every four to six hours depending on the intensity of the pain you feel or it may be taken as and when needed. The dosage will be decided by your physician and may be increased and decreased depending on how well Darvocet suits your needs. Darvocet is to be taken with a glass of water. However, if Darvocet upsets your stomach you may take it with a glass of milk instead of water. One needs to ensure that Darvocet is to be taken exactly as instructed by your doctor (physician) or the instructions mentioned on the label of this medication. If you face any difficulty in understanding these instructions, you may seek the assistance of your pharmacist or a nurse and request them to explain it to you. If you are using Darvocet for a prolonged period of time, then refills need to be obtained before you run out of your supply. Once your course is over, do not hold back any unused medication for further use, unless advised by your physician. Discard all unused medication properly after consulting with your pharmacist regarding safe disposal methods.
It is not advisable to take Darvocet without proper medical guidance or know-how as an overdose may prove harmful. Always ensure that Darvocet (Propoxyphene) is kept out of reach of children, pets and especially drug addicts as Darvocet can be habit forming. Darvocet (Propoxyphene) is not meant to be shared with others having a similar condition and for those whom Darvocet is not prescribed. A double dose of Darvocet should not be taken in case you miss a dose. Instead, you may take the missed dose of Darvocet as soon as you remember. If you are shortly scheduled to take your next dose of Darvocet, then it is advisable to wait for some time and then take the medicine and skip the missed dose. In the event of an overdose of Darvocet, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of a Darvocet overdose may include unusual sleepiness, slow or shallow breathing, cold or clammy skin, seizures, nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating, dark urine, stomach pain, extreme fatigue, confusion, small pupils and loss of consciousness.
Your doctor and pharmacist should have a clear picture of your overall health at the time of prescribing Darvocet to you for safety purposes. As a precautionary measure, you will need to inform your doctor if you are a habitual drinker or if you drink more than three alcoholic beverages per day or if you have ever had alcoholic liver disease like cirrhosis of the liver. Alcohol may increase the risk of liver problems when taking acetaminophen which is an active component of Darvocet. Alcohol can increase drowsiness and dizziness caused by this medication which could be dangerous. It is in your best interest to avoid alcohol while taking Darvocet (Propoxyphene). You may not be able to use Darvocet or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have liver or kidney disease, asthma, or alcohol addiction.
Some people using Darvocet have few or no side effects and tolerate the medication quite well while others are unable to continue using it. The consumption of too much of Darvocet can result in severe side effects and some may even prove fatal. Side effects observed during the course of Darvocet should be reported to your doctor if they are unusual or bothersome to you, so you can discuss dosage changes. Darvocet side effects like skin rash, hives, itchiness, fever, dizziness, light-headedness, drowsiness, upset stomach, vomiting, constipation, stomach pain, mood changes and headache are to be reported to your doctor immediately. Constipation may be a side effect of pain relief treatment with Darvocet (Propoxyphene). Increasing the amount of fiber and water (six to eight full glasses) in your diet may reduce constipation. If you are younger than 18 years of age or older than 60 years of age, you may be more likely to experience side effects from Darvocet (Propoxyphene) therapy. Your doctor may prescribe a lower dose.
Darvocet induces drowsiness. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Do not take Darvocet (Propoxyphene) without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. Do not take Darvocet (Propoxyphene) without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. It becomes imperative for patients taking Darvocet, to inform their physician of all medications, over-the-counter, herbal products, vitamins, minerals they are taking so that it does not clash.
Note: Intimate your doctor if Darvocet does not seem to work as well for you in relieving your pain. It is not advisable to discontinue the use of Darvocet (Propoxyphene) abruptly without first consulting your doctor in case you have been taking it continuously for more than five to seven days. Your doctor may choose to gradually reduce the dose.
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