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Bye Bye Darvocet

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orthonurse55 has 30+ years experience and specializes in Orthopaedic Nursing; Geriatrics.

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Propoxyphene is the only thing that has ever relieved my chronic neck and back pain! I am allergic to codeine and hydrocodone and most NSAID's make me very sick! I am not a druggie- I am a full time nurse that takes one pain pill every 3-4 days. Now I don't know what I will do. Darvon is older than I am! I can't imagine why this has happened all of a sudden.

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susanthomas1954 has 35 years experience and specializes in Assessment coordinator.

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For thirty years, I have taken about an average of two Darvon a month for intractable headaches that oxycodone only makes worse. I know it is a major drug of abuse for the elderly, but it is the only drug I have ever been able to take during a work day and stay working. It didn't give me any heart trouble, and I don't know what could ever be substituted for it. I did have one elderly patient die when the NP decided to take him off the Darvon. Don't be surprised if you see that if you have anyone on scheduled routine Darvon or Darvocet in the Long Term Care arena.

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orthonurse55 has 30+ years experience and specializes in Orthopaedic Nursing; Geriatrics.

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For thirty years, I have taken about an average of two Darvon a month for intractable headaches that oxycodone only makes worse. I know it is a major drug of abuse for the elderly, but it is the only drug I have ever been able to take during a work day and stay working. It didn't give me any heart trouble, and I don't know what could ever be substituted for it. I did have one elderly patient die when the NP decided to take him off the Darvon. Don't be surprised if you see that if you have anyone on scheduled routine Darvon or Darvocet in the Long Term Care arena.

I agree with you - in order to work I have to have an occasional pain pill for the chronic pain. This is the only one that allows me to function!

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bewitched has 4 years experience and specializes in ICU, Intermediate Care, Progressive Care.

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My mother and I are both allergic to codeine, severe nausea&vomiting. Darvocet's the only thing that seems to work for us without making us sick. :\ Not sure what to think of this, but it's definitely going to cause problems for people who have been taking it regularly for years etc...

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AllSmiles225 has 5 years experience and specializes in Trauma & Emergency.

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Thanks for posting this..We still have rehab patients with scripts for darvocet.. very informative :)

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I work at a mail-order pharmacy and we promptly inactivated all Darvocet prescriptions and logged a call to the patient.

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from what I gather the main factor of the ban was it was causing prolonged Q-TI'shealth_meter.png. If thats the case good it needs to go. How ever my mother is taking darvocet and is not very happy about this. lol

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Practicalone has 6 years experience as a LPN and specializes in L&D, Orthopedics & Public Health.

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Yeah I heard this yestarday. Its got me a bit upset because I can't take any of the other pain medications, ie lortab, percocet, codiene... they all give me a nervous response. I itch from head to toe. I don't know what I'll do.

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r.oxymoron specializes in FP, immunizations, LTC, psych.

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Have you considered methadone? It has an awful reputation because it's given out to street drug addicts, but it's a fairly effective painkiller and it's cheap (and chemically different from morphine). I'm not advising you in any way (I'm hardly qualified to hand out medical advice, even if we were allowed to dispense it on this site!), but it's an option that's often overlooked.

I've had SO many patients with adverse events from methadone.

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r.oxymoron specializes in FP, immunizations, LTC, psych.

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Darvocet has been used by countless millions over it's 30+ years on the market; most meds cause adverse reactions and occasionally death in some so where do we draw the line? That's the big question. Might as well outlaw peanuts, milk & strawberries now as they've been responsible for who-knows-how-many deaths...

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