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Darvocet

Darvocet Recall

For over 50 years, people across the world have been using the popular drugs Darvocet and Darvon as painkillers. According to the manufacturers of the drugs, more than 600 million prescriptions have been dispensed since their 1957 introduction to the market. In fact, Darvocet has become one of the top 25 most commonly prescribed medications and an estimated 10 million Americans are currently taking Darvocet. However, we are now learning that Darvocet has caused over 10,000 deaths since 1980.

The FDA pulled Darvocet from the market on November 19, 2010 due to new information showing that the drug can cause serious toxicity to the heart, even when used in recommended doses.

The study provided evidence that Darvocet interferes with the heart’s electrical activity causing heart rhythm abnormalities and other damage. This damage can lead to serious side effects including heart attack and sudden death.

The FDA advised physicians to immediately stop prescribing Darvocet, Darvon, and its generics. Patients currently taking these drugs should immediately discuss alternative pain management strategies with their doctor in order to discontinue the use of Darvocet.

DARVOCET SIDE EFFECTS

Some serious side effects may include:

  • Sudden Death
  • Heart attack
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Cardiac emergency
  • Shallow breathing
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Feeling short of breath
  • Confusion
  • Unusual thoughts or behavior
  • Seizure (convulsions)
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Itching
  • Dark urine
  • Clay-colored stools
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS

If you or a loved one have taken Darvocet or Darvon and have developed serious heart problems from the use of these drugs, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. We are currently investigating legal claims on behalf of those who have suffered and are currently suffering because of Darvocet, Darvon, and its generics.

ABOUT DARVOCET

The active ingredient in painkillers Darvon and Darvocet is propoxyphene, first developed by Eli Lilly & Co. and introduced to the U.S. market in 1957. Propoxyphene is an opioid used to treat mild to moderate pain. Darvocet differs from Darvon in that it also contains another pain medication, acetaminophen.

Both Darvon and Darvocet now are marketed by generic drug manufacturers including Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Newport, Kentucky and Qualitest/Vintage Pharmaceuticals of Huntsville, Alabama.

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