Since 1981, more than 10,000 deaths, at least 2,110 of those being accidental overdoses, have been linked to the use of Darvocet and/or Darvon. Darvocet (Propoxyphene + Acetaminophen) and Darvon (Propoxyphene) are used to treat mild to moderate pain. Both drugs are in a class called opioids and are two of the most prescribed pain medications in the U.S.

Like all opioid-based prescription pain killers, Darvocet is extremely habit-forming. Extended Darvocet use can lead to the development of an addiction to the drug, which in turn can lead to abuse and misuse, often resulting in an accidental overdose.

Because Darvocet contains acetaminophen, an accidental overdose can also occur if a patient is taking over-the-counter medications that also contain acetaminophen. Darvocet N-100, for example, contains 650 mg. of acetaminophen (the equivalent of two regular strength Tylenol or acetaminophen). Due to potential toxicity problems, the daily allowance for acetaminophen is 4,000 mg. If a patient takes six Darvocet N-100 tablets per day, the amount of acetaminophen ingested is 3,900 mg.

Symptoms of Darvocet Overdose

Because a Darvocet overdose can be fatal, Darvocet patients who think they may have overdosed should seek emergency medical attention immediately. Darvocet accidental overdose symptoms may include:

  • extreme drowsiness
  • pinpoint pupils
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • dark urine
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
  • confusion
  • fainting
  • weak pulse
  • seizure (convulsions)
  • coma
  • blue lips
  • shallow breathing or no breathing

Darvocet & Darvon Recall

In 2009, the link between Darvocet’s accidental overdose, one of the major Darvocet 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.

Darvocet Accidental Overdose Lawyer

If you or a loved one have taken Darvon or Darvocet and suffered a serious side effect, such as accidental overdose, suicide, or addiction, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. By filing a Darvocet lawsuit on your behalf, a Darvocet lawyer may be able to help you collect compensation for medical bills, pain & suffering, lost wages, and more.

Contact our Darvon and Darvocet accidental overdose attorneys today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

Published November 17, 2011 by