The FDA has discovered over 3,000 reports of serious problems associated with Darvocet and Darvon use, and of these reports, suicide, overdose and drug dependence were among the most common. Drug Abuse Warning Network, a government database report on emergency room visits, shows 503 Darvon-related deaths in 2007 alone; 446 more than were reported the year before.
At least 20% of all deaths were reported as suicides, and since Drug Abuse Warning only covers one-third of the population, the true number of deaths related to Darvocet and Darvon is much higher.
Warnings of Intentional Overdose
There have been many cases of intentional overdose (suicide), as well as accidental overdose, with proxyphene products (Darvocet and Darvon) either alone or in combination with alcohol. Deaths within the first hour of overdose are not uncommon. Many of these deaths have occurred in patients with emotional disturbances, or in patients who take sedatives at the same time.
The most commonly reported side effects of Darvocet use include:
- Completed suicide
- Accidental overdose
- Intentional overdose
- Drug dependence
- Heart attack
- Drug toxicity
- Respiratory arrest
- Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
- Heart Arrhythmia
- Myocardial Infarction