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What is Propoxyphene?

Propoxyphene is a narcotic cough suppressant and pain reliever, which is weaker than hydroquinone, codeine and morphine. Propoxyphene decreases discomfort and increases pain tolerance in individuals who are experiencing pain. Although the drug takes the edge off, the pain is still apparent and not completely absent.

Propoxyphene is legal in the United States and is often prescribed as an alternative to stronger pain medications such as the aforementioned morphine, hydroquinone and codeine. Brand names of Propoxyphene include Darvocet and Darvon. The common street names used to describe Propoxyphene include “D”, dillies and yellow footballs. Propoxyphene is most often taken orally, injected or chewed but is sometimes snorted after being crushed.

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Intended Effects

The purpose of the drug Propoxyphene is to reduce pain by making it bearable.

Propoxyphene Side effects & Withdrawal Symptoms

The side effects associated with Propoxyphene are as follows:
  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Sedation
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Seizure
  • Slow heartbeat, shallow breathing
  • Mild skin rash
  • Blurred vision

Dangers of using Propoxyphene Recreationally


The dangers of Propoxyphene come into play when the drug is used in combination with other drugs such as muscle relaxants or alcohol. When Propoxyphene is combined with the substances just mentioned it can have an extreme effect on the brain sometimes resulting in coma.
Propoxyphene is habit forming, meaning a physical and mental dependence on the drug can occur. Therefore, Propoxyphene withdrawal is an issue when individuals become accustomed to taking the drug. The medical journal Clinical Pharmacology warns that the most prominent aspect of Propoxyphene is its addictive quality.

Propoxyphene Overdose

When an overdose occurs regarding Propoxyphene, many negative effects can take place. The mildest effects include feeling ill, sleepiness, pupil dilation, abdominal pain, mental dullness, vertigo, excessive sweating, nausea, confusion and loss of appetite. The more severe effects include irregular heartbeat, liver issues, kidney failure, toxic psychosis, hallucinations, unconsciousness and death. Dangerous interactions with grape juice products have also been reported.

Drug testing for Propoxyphene

Drug testing for Propoxyphene on the job is a wise idea due to its dangerous side effects. Even individuals who are prescribed the drug and are under a doctor’s care, pose some risk on a job site because Propoxyphene causes so many dangerous side effects. Of course, when the drug is abused, the dangers become even greater.

Propoxyphene is detectable in the urine for up to 10 days after consumption with Health Street’s 9 panel urine test. If you wish to look back at the last 90 days, order a 9 panel hair follicle test. In a work environment, the use of Propoxyphene is extremely dangerous, especially if the work environment involves the operation of heavy machinery or driving. And in the home, especially if someone is caring for children, propoxyphene can be a very dangerous drug; ongoing testing to protect kids, family members, or the user is wise.