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Propoxyphene Drug Test


Propoxyphene can be identified in drug testing options that specifically include propoxyphene as part of the panel of drugs being tested. Health Street provides many urine and hair drug test services, which are available for both employers and individuals. Urine drug tests are most common, which look back on drug use up to one week. Hair drug tests look further back at approximately 90 days. Just choose the facility for the propoxyphene drug test. From there, a barcode will be sent to you or the person you specify, and should be presented at the facility upon arrival for the propoxyphene drug test. Results for tests are fast, accurate, and secured in our online portal.

About Propoxyphene

What Is Propoxyphene?

Propoxyphene is a pain reliever in the opioid family, which has been declared as unsafe according the FDA. It was prescribed as an alternative to other pain relievers (such as morphine and codeine), but the Food and Drug Administration recommended the discontinuation of its use in 2010 due to fatal heart complications. This drug is considered unsafe even in small doses, and has been associated with a number of deaths, including American football star John Matuszak. However, illegal propoxyphene distribution and abuse is still a concern today. Propoxyphene can be taken orally, injected, chewed, and sometimes crushed and snorted.

Popular Propoxyphene Street Names:
Yellow Footballs

In addition to common street names, some common propoxyphene brand names include Darvocet and Darvon.

Intended Use and Effects:

Propoxyphene was originally used as a pain reliever, but the FDA no longer advises the use of this drug even in small doses. It is now classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance.

Side Effects of Propoxyphene

According to the FDA, the risks associated with using propoxyphene far outweigh any benefits. Some side effects of propoxyphene are as follows:

Suicidal tendencies
Abnormal heart beat

In combination with other drugs, the risks of propoxyphene use may increase.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Darvocet?

Unlinke the single-ingredient Darvon pill, Darvocet is a combination drug that includes propoxyphene.

Is Darvon Still Available?

Prescription use of this drug has been discontinued due to the FDA’s conclusion that it could have severe adverse affects on the heart.

Do They Still Prescribe Darvocet?

Darvocet has also been discontinued due to the FDA’s conclusion that it could have severe adverse affects on the heart.

How Long Does Propoxyphene Stay In Your System?

How long propoxyphene stays in your urine or hair is dependent on several factors. Some of these include:

Frequency of use
Amount used
User’s metabolism
User’s age
Does Propoxyphene Show Up On a Drug Test?

Yes, propoxyphene can be detected in a drug test. However, the type of test may be a factor in whether or not it will show up. Urine drug testing is more common since it is a fast, effective, and less expensive option, but it does look back on a shorter period of time (up to one week). If you need to identify drug use further back than one week, Health Street’s hair drug testing option can identify usage approximately 90 days back.

Why Drug Test for Propoxyphene?

Propoxyphene abuse can create dangerous work or home environments, and put the safety of everyone involved at risk. At work, it can be especially dangerous if the job involves the operation of heavy machinery or driving. And in the home, propoxyphene can be especially dangerous if the user is caring for children. Due to some of the high risks of propoxyphene interactions with other drugs, and the risks associated with heart function, propoxyphene abuse may result in death. A propoxyphene drug test can help create safer working or home environments, and can open the door to recovery for someone that may be at risk for addiction or death.

Propoxyphene Drug Test Options

Employers or individuals may choose to drug test for propoxyphene due to its dangerous side effects. Health Street provides many propoxyphene drug testing options for ongoing testing to protect kids, family members, coworkers, and the person who may be using propoxyphene.

Urine – Propoxyphene Drug Tests:
Hair – Propoxyphene Drug Testing Options:


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