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Darvocet Withdrawal

Darvocet is a synthetic opioid medication that was developed to treat pain. The methadone in it attacks pain in the body, but the drug poses serious effects for people who become addicted to it. This compound is dangerous enough that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned and pulled it off the market years ago. For this reason, many black market sellers have found new ways of distributing it across the United States. 

The mixture of the opioid propoxyphene and acetaminophen works in conjunction to block pain signals from reaching the brain. This feeling causes sedation and a sense of calm in the user’s body. The highly addictive drug was in circulation for years until its official removal in 2010. 

Many who have used or continue to use Darvocet illegally crush it into a powder before snorting it through the nose. It enters the system quicker when ingested in this way, and a powerful effect results. These pills aren’t as potent as other prescription opioids, but excessive use will cause heavy addiction, dependence, and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. 

What Are Darvocet Withdrawal Symptoms?

If you or someone you know has been abusing Darvocet, you are likely to encounter withdrawal symptoms as you stop using the substance. Although it is less potent than other opioids, the symptoms can still increase in intensity if you stop using it all at once. The process may be much more challenging to overcome if you forgo it alone.

Medical professionals are likely to encourage you to seek treatment. Opioids are notoriously tough to stop with medical guidance, and going through treatment will allow you to be tapered off the medication in the presence of physicians.

While opiate withdrawal symptoms are not deadly, the experience can vastly differ from one person to another. It is unpredictable and could cause problems you did not plan to have. Although the odds of this are much lower, it is in your best interest to have individuals trained in medical emergencies as your first line of defense.

The most common symptoms of Darvocet withdrawal include:

  • Cravings
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Mood changes
  • Stomach cramps
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Appetite loss
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Shaking
  • The sensation of bugs crawling under the skin
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Dehydration

Intense drug cravings will accompany the physical symptoms you experience. When you have to deal with adverse symptoms along with a desire to use more Darvocet, it’s unlikely you will be able to abstain from the drug and reach your goal of sobriety.

Although Darvocet is weaker than other opioids, it’s more dangerous, which is why it was banned. Still, however, it is not nearly as dangerous as alcohol or benzodiazepine withdrawal. Either way, it is challenging to overcome by yourself. Those who detox alone are more likely to relapse. Medical detox is your safest route when working toward sobriety.

What Are Stages of the Darvocet Withdrawal Timeline?

Various factors should be considered when talking about symptoms that also involve withdrawal timelines. In this case, Darvocet can show more or less severe signs during different periods. 

In certain instances, people may find that these symptoms have vanished after just a few days or weeks. It is safe to say that initial symptoms will arise 12 to 15 hours after quitting cold turkey. These initial signs of withdrawal are usually sweating, nausea, headaches, and muscle pain. This critical stage is typically a returning point for many users of Darvocet who quit without treatment. 

Darvocet can cause mental dependence; therefore, these symptoms will prevail for quite some time. This is usually the worst symptom of quitting abruptly. It’s hard to say how long they persist as a generic estimate, but this could last a few weeks to a couple of months, or more. During this stage, relapse is possible. 

A medical detox program is highly recommended to avoid a relapse of drug use. 

Here is a general Darvocet withdrawal timeline:

  • 1-2 days: You will experience the first set of symptoms 10 to 14 hours after your last dose. The most common signs are sweating, nausea, vomiting, fever, cravings, and muscle aches.
  • 3-5 days: The symptoms will start to peak, and the severity will depend on how addicted you are to Darvocet. You are likely to experience intense nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, body aches, and chills.
  • 6+ days: Withdrawals will gradually slow down at this point. People who have co-occurring mental health disorders may experience extended withdrawal symptoms. Some psychological symptoms in other users may persist for months, or, in some cases, years.

Why Should I Detox?

Many specialists will agree that medical detox is the most important step to finding a balanced recovery. There is a set of procedures that take place to fully help the patient. These approaches involve both medical support, such as interventions and supervision. Therapy can also be used to ease the psychological factors initiated by addiction. 

Other procedures include getting rid of the drug’s toxins from the patient’s body.

Strong dependence on a certain substance can have dire consequences in the future.

For this reason, many people in recovery find it easy to relapse.

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Without supervised medical care and substance removal, a full recovery is not guaranteed.

Detox sessions are meant to ease the withdrawal symptoms with a mixture of medications that better respond to the body.

The medical supervision team aims to improve the life of every patient by adjusting their needs and solution to customer care.

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What Is the Next Treatment Step?

There are various treatment programs out there that can fit anyone. For severe cases, residential or in-house treatments serve those people who need 24-hour staff. This is an option to live in the facility for 30, 60, or 90 days or more. The benefit of these treatments is that the patient will always be well attended, their custom treatment will be strictly monitored, and any problems that may arise will be solved on the spot. 

For people who don’t need strong supervision, outpatient programs may prove more useful. These programs differ in levels of care and deal with less-severe cases. Although the person won’t be in the facilities 24/7, the effectiveness of the treatment is still the same. The client or patient visits the facility as established by the medical team every week on a scheduled routine. The person heads home when each session is completed. Continued therapy will produce the most effective results for someone in treatment. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) supports this theory and states that clients who remain in treatment for as long as possible have a much better chance at long-term recovery.

Sources

“Common Side Effects of Darvocet-N (Propoxyphene Napsylate and Acetaminophen) Drug Center.” RxList, from https://www.rxlist.com/darvocet-n-side-effects-drug-center.htm

Flynn, P. M., & Brown, B. S. (2008, January). Co-occurring disorders in substance abuse treatment: Issues and prospects. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2200799/

Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. (n.d.). FDA recommends against the continued use of propoxyphene. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-drug-safety-communication-fda-recommends-against-continued-use-propoxyphene

National Institute on Drug Abuse. (n.d.). 8: Medical detoxification. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/teaching-packets/understanding-drug-abuse-addiction/section-iii/7-medical-detoxification

National Institute on Drug Abuse. (n.d.). Principles of Effective Treatment. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/principles-effective-treatment

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