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Is propoxyphene HCL still available? or has it been withdrawn

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Is propoxyphene HCL still available? or has it been withdrawn from the market?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. P. Jyoti replied 2 years ago.
No, propoxyphene HCL is not available on the market either in Europe or USA.

Propoxyphene was first introduced as Propoxyphene HCL, but this caused a fatality. It was then introduced as Propoxyphene napsylate but even this had toxic effects, and finally as dextropropoxyphene.

Dextropropoxyphene was sold in combination with paracetamol as Darvon and Darvocet for a long time, but this too was finally banned on November 19, 2010.

Still available on prescription in Australlia though.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Was it withdrawn because of cardiac arrythmias? or ?
Expert:  Dr. P. Jyoti replied 2 years ago.
Cardiac arrhythmias was an important concern along with other toxicities.

But the main concern, on which several consumer groups launched a campaign against it, was its tendency to cause a higher rate of suicides.


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