Although unusual, Darvocet may cause abnormal bleeding or bruising in some patients. Taking aspirin and/or blood-thinners with Darvocet may increase the risk of abnormal bruising. Because bruising may be a sign of other, more serious complications, patients who experience Darvocet bruising should stop using Darvocet immediately and seek emergency medical help.

Darvocet (Propoxyphene + Acetaminophen) and a similar drug, Darvon (Propoxyphene), have been prescribed to treat mild to moderate pain for around 50 years. Both drugs are in a class called opioids and are two of the most prescribed pain medications in the U.S.

Darvocet Side Effects

In addition to abnormal bleeding and bruising, Darvocet and Darvon have been linked to several other serious and potentially life-threatening side effects. To date, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has received more than 3,000 reports of Darvocet side effects, 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.

Darvocet FDA Recall

In early 2009, an FDA panel recommended a Darvocet recall after it concluded that the substantial risk of life-threatening side effects with Darvon and Darvocet far outweigh the benefits of the drugs. While the FDA is not required to follow the advisory panel’s advice, the FDA usually complies with their advisory panel’s recommendations.

The FDA’s investigation into the safety of Darvon and Darvocet was initiated in response to a 2006 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. 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.

Darvocet Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one have taken Darvon or Darvocet and suffered a serious side effect, such as bruising, 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 Darvocet and Darvon personal injury attorneys today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

Published November 17, 2011 by