Darvocet is a prescription pain medicine that has been used through the years to help reduce mild to moderate pain. The drug is a potent opioid that curbs pain and is highly addictive due to active ingredients acetaminophen and propoxyphene.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pulled Darvocet from the market back in 2010 due to findings that propoxyphene made dangerous changes to the electric activity of the heart that could potentially cause death. However, even though Darvocet is not being prescribed currently, some people still get their hands on the drug on the streets and abuse it for recreational purposes. As a result, some become addicted to it.
Those that do become addicted to Darvocet, or other opioids, are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop using the drug. These symptoms are likely to increase in intensity should you try to stop using the drug abruptly, which is not recommended. Rather, tapering off the drug under medical supervision is the safest form of getting free.
Common Darvocet withdrawal symptoms include:
There’s no way of knowing exactly how long it will take someone to get through the withdrawal process because every person is different, and their use or abuse may differ. It might take one person a few days to get through the detox process, but it might take someone else a week or two.
The timeframe for getting through the detox process is similar to what you would go through for any opioid. The following is a general Darvocet withdrawal guideline:
Symptoms may felt within 10-14 hours of the last dose. Common early symptoms include sweating, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, fever, cravings, and agitation.
Symptoms may peak within days three to five, meaning you may feel the worst on one or two of these days before the symptoms start subsiding. Common complaints during this phase include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and the chills.
After about the fifth day, most or all of the physical withdrawal symptoms may have subsided, but psychological ones may linger on for weeks or months, including cravings and mood swings. This is more likely for those that were heavily addicted to Darvocet and one reason having professional support from addiction specialists long-term is recommended.
Addiction can cause all sorts of problems and chances are, if you’re addicted to Darvocet, you want to overcome it. You might be tempted to try to stop using it cold turkey or abruptly to get the detox process over. However, stopping Darvocet cold turkey can be quite dangerous because it can provoke extreme withdrawal symptoms.
Substance abuse experts state that it’s better to undergo a medical detox at an inpatient or outpatient rehab, where a physician can taper you off Darvocet over time. This way, you will be monitored for the severity of withdrawal symptoms and can also be given medications to help reduce the uncomfortable symptoms.
Some people have overdosed by accident or on purpose using Darvocet. If taken with alcohol or other drugs, chances of overdose increase significantly because the combination can depress your breathing to such a degree that you can stop breathing. Always consult with a doctor before taking any other drug, including benzodiazepines, anti-depressants, hypnotics, or muscle relaxers.
You can detox in an inpatient or outpatient treatment facility. Detoxing from Darvocet is simply the first step toward overcoming this addiction. The next step is to commit to longer-term treatment in addiction recovery rehab. Whether you decide inpatient or outpatient will depend on whether or not you can pack up and leave home to attend treatment or must live at home at commute to treatment throughout the weeks.
When you choose inpatient treatment, you will live at the rehab center for the duration of your treatment. This is a great option for those who are heavy users of Darvocet, have a past addiction history, have relapsed recently, or have been using Darvocet for a long time. While in treatment, you will be surrounded by a physician and substance abuse professionals that will monitor you and care for you around-the-clock.
No doubt you will enjoy having access to such qualified help throughout your stay. You will receive individual counseling, which is helpful to address any underlying emotional issues, past trauma, mental health issues, and addiction. You may also be able to join in on group counseling and support groups. The time frame for treatment varies for each person, but many opt to stay in treatment for 30, 60, or 90 days.
If you decide to attend outpatient treatment, you will live at home and commute to a certain number of sessions throughout the week. You may start off going five to seven sessions per week and then decreasing that number going forward. You will receive much of the same treatment as inpatient centers, including individual and group therapy. This is a great option for those who cannot leave their family or work responsibilities.
Darvocet addiction is a serious issue and can lead to all sorts of problems, including overdose and death. Even for those that start off taking opioids as prescribed, there’s a chance of becoming addicted to them and it can be challenging to get off of them on your own.
You don’t have to continue on with this addiction and you don’t have to try to overcome it on your own. Please reach out for help today and begin a new recovery journey that will lead you to freedom from addiction.
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