Darvon, also known as Propoxyphene, is made with the synthetic Opiate propoxyphene, and it’s very much like the popular drugs Codeine and Oxycodone. Prior to 2010, Darvon was often prescribed to help patients who suffered from migraines and back pain. It was also given to help with pain from surgical procedures. However, the FDA got involved in 2010, and when they saw how many problems were being caused by this medication, they banned it.
Today, in order to use Darvon, it must be obtained illegally. Unfortunately, this is still possible. It’s available on the street by names pink footballs and yellow footballs.
If you’ve been using Darvon, and you’ve become addicted to it, it’s important for you to know how dangerous your addiction is. Even so, you don’t have to remain stuck with that addiction. Talking with someone from one of the top Darvon rehab programs in the Pacific Northwest will help you understand your options for treatment.
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Darvon was banned for very good reasons, and with that in mind, please know that if you decide to stop taking it abruptly, you could experience severe withdrawal symptoms. These might include:
The safest way to stop taking Darvon is by doing so under the care of a Darvon addiction treatment center. They will be able to help you through the withdrawal period, which can last for weeks if you attempt to stop taking it on your own.
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The fact that Darvon (Propoxyphene) was once available by prescription causes many people to believe that it must not really be all that dangerous. Unfortunately, the exact opposite is true. People obtain it illegally all the time, and if you’ve been taking it, or you know someone who is, you can tell whether or not an addiction to it has occurred if you observe any of the following:
Some Darvon addiction behaviors that can occur in the short term include being irritable, having anxiety and being unable to sleep at night.
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Darvon is attractive as a drug because it produces a sense of relaxation and euphoria. However, because it is illegal, any use at all is considered to be Darvon abuse. If you have been abusing Darvon, you probably took it in small amounts at first, and then as your body developed a tolerance for it, you increased your dosage or you took it more frequently.
It does not take very long at all for an addiction to Darvon to develop, and many people find that they’ve become addicted after only a few weeks of semi-regular use. Continued use has been known to result in serious medical complications, such as liver disease, kidney disease and even respiratory failure, which is why the drug was banned by the FDA.
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Every Darvon addiction is different, and you might need to ween yourself off the drug in order to stop taking it safely. You may also need to go to drug detox to rid your body of the toxins that Propoxyphene can leave behind. To know the method of treatment that’s right for you, turning to the professionals at a Darvon addiction treatment center should be your next step.
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