Darvon (propoxyphene) and Darvocet (propoxyphene + acetaminophen), two popular prescription painkillers approved to treat mild to moderate pain, have been linked to a substantial risk of several life-threatening side effects. These side effects include:

  • addiction
  • suicide
  • overdose
  • seizures
  • cardiac problems

In 2009, the link between Darvon, Darvocet and serious side effects prompted a Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) advisory panel to recommend a Darvon and Darvocet recall. After an investigation, the advisory panel found that the substantial risk of overdose, suicide and other dangerous side effects associated with Darvon and Darvocet far outweigh the minimal benefits provided by the drugs.

To date, the FDA has received more than 3,000 reports of serious side effects with Darvon and Darvocet, with most involving suicides, addictions and overdoses. Since 1981, Darvon and Darvocet side effects have been linked to over 10,000 confirmed deaths and 2,110 reported accidental deaths.

Cardiac-related side effects and deaths associated with Darvon and Darvocet often occur because propoxyphene (the active ingredient in Darvon and Darvocet) is highly toxic to the heart and stays in the body for a long time, resulting in cardiac depression. Adverse cardiac events associated with Darvon and Darvocet may include:  

  • interruption of heart transmission of electrical impulses
  • slowed heartbeats
  • decreased ability of the heart to contract properly

The FDA’s investigation into the safety of Darvon and Darvocet was initiated in response to a petition by the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, which requested that a Darvon and Darvocet recall be issued to phase the drugs off the market. Public Citizen’s petition, which was originally filed with the FDA in February 2006, indicates that Darvon on Darvocet are physically addictive and are no more effective than other painkillers with fewer side effects, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. In 2008, Public Citizen filed a lawsuit against the FDA alleging that the agency was violating the law by failing to act on the Darvon and Darvocet recall petition filed in 2006.

Darvon & Darvocet Side Effect Attorney

If you or a loved one have taken Darvon or Darvocet and suffered a serious side effect, such as overdose, suicide, or addiction, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Contact our Darvon and Darvocet side effect attorneys today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

Published November 17, 2011 by