Darvocet is a drug which contains both Propoxyphene and Acetaminophen, the former being a narcotic pain reliever and the latter being a milder analgesic which increases the effects of Propoxyphene. It works pretty much the same way as all of the other narcotics on the market except that this one was removed from use in America and Europe in 2010 because there were concerns of the possibility of fatal overdoses and heart conditions such as arrhythmia.
As with all narcotics and opiates, Darvocet was prescribed mainly for moderate to severe pain, this could be for individuals who have suffered an injury or trauma of some kind, or anyone who lives with a chronic illness or condition which leaves them in pain. It binds itself to the pain receptors in the brain so the senses are dulled and pain is virtually wiped out temporarily. It also works well as a cough suppressant, pre-operative medication and anti-anxiety.
Tolerance and Abuse
The problem with Darvocet and indeed with every other type of narcotic medicine available, is that tolerance builds up quickly and the feeling of pain free euphoria that is experienced is one that many individuals would like to feel more of. So as they take the drug on a regular basis the tolerance starts to build up and they don’t feel the same effects, to try and get that feeling back they are then tempted to take much higher doses which puts them at serious risk. The more of the drug they take the higher the tolerance levels become and so the vicious cycle begins.
Impacts Of Addiction
Addiction does not just have a physical affect and it does not just affect the individual who is abusing the drug either. In fact those who live with the addict are affected in many ways, they may be hurt by the behavior of their loved one, who may begin to steal from them and act in strange ways just to get their supply of drugs. The individual may start to break the law and have absolutely no care of any consequences, they will try to rationalize their behavior so as not to feel any guilt about what they are doing. This behavior is common with narcotic addiction as the drug tales it’s hold very quickly and it can be a very powerful need for the next dose.
Withdrawal effects from any type of narcotic drug can be very severe and this is why you should never try to completely withdraw from the drug without medical supervision. Users can experience headaches, nausea, stomach cramps, sweats and flu like symptoms and in severe cases they may suffer from seizures. Psychologically they may feel anxious, depressed, paranoid and may even experience delusions and hallucinations, in really severe cases a complete mental breakdown may occur.
If the addiction is deemed severe enough and the risk levels are high then treatment will be conducted on an inpatient basis in a drug rehabilitation center. The individual will go through a period of withdrawal which will be monitored and probably made easier by the use of other drugs such as Methadone or Suboxone, these will prevent severe withdrawal effects while, in the case of Suboxone, taking away the feeling of euphoria which is what drives the individual to take more of the drug. Use of these drugs will be monitored extremely closely and doses can be adjusted accordingly. Whilst in the treatment facility the individual will also take part in many counseling sessions which will help to educate them about the nature of their addiction and what led them there in the first place. There will be lots of plans put in place for the return home and into a life of sobriety.
Once the inpatient treatment has finished (which can take up to a year in some cases) the individual will return home and work towards returning to normal life. They will continue having many counseling sessions both one to one and group therapy and they will be encouraged to use their experience to help others who are suffering with an addiction. They will be monitored regularly by medical professionals and may possibly be subjected to regular blood tests in order to check if they have relapsed or not.
Relapse risk is high in individuals who have suffered a narcotic addiction so the road of recovery is going to be filled with many bumps. It is a difficult journey of sobriety and relapse which the individuals will be on for their entire lives.