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Propoxyphene Addiction, Abuse and Rehab Treatment
A member of the opioid family, Propoxyphene is a pain reliever that is used to treat mild to moderate pain from injury or surgery. It has been prescribed for pain since 1957 and is in the drugs Darvon and Darvocet.
Propoxyphene has been discontinued and withdrawn from the market by its maker, Xanodyne, due to research showing that the drug can cause serious toxicity ot the heart, even when used in therapeutic amount. The FDA has recommended that physicians stop prescribing or recommending the drug to their patients. If you or someone you know has been abusing or is addicted to Propoxyphene, contact a doctor or medical treatment center immediately.
How does Propoxyphene work in the body’s system?
The drug is a member of the opiate family and, as such, it works by attaching itself to opioid receptors in the central nervous system to produce feelings of pleasure in the body, rather than pain. The initial euphoric effects are what many people become addicted to, and they may build up a tolerance to the drug.
At this point, any use of Propoxyphene is drug abuse since the pharmaceutical drug was pulled from the market in 2009. However, the drug still exists on the streets and recreational users may crush the pill into a powder and inhale or inject the drug directly into their system to achieve an immediate “rush” of euphoria from the drug. Because the drugs effects don’t last as long when they are inhaled or injected, recreational users may seek out more and more of the drug in order to continue the high for as long as possible.
Side effects and withdrawal from Propoxyphene addiction
This drug is a member of the opioid family and such, the side effects and withdrawal symptoms are similar to those of other drugs such as oxycodone or hydrocodone. Side effects from the drug include stomach pain, vomiting, constipation, dizziness and more. The most serious side effect of Propoxyphene is the fact that is can cause serious heart rhythm abnormalities that can lead to death. These side effects were seen even in patients that were not abusing the drug.
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Withdrawal symptoms from Propoxyphene include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, cold flashes, diarrhea, vomiting and involuntary leg spasms. A prescription to Methadone may be necessary in order to properly wean addicts from the affects of the opioid.
Propoxyphene addiction treatment and rehab at Challenges
At Challenges, our mantra is that “Relapse Ends Here!” We’re renowned around the country as center for the treatment of substance abuse, addictions, dual diagnoses and relapse prevention.
Our treatment programs for propoxphene treatment are specifically designed with the needs of the individual propoxphene addiction patient in mind. Treatment options include neurofeedback, massage, yoga, group sessions, full day/PHP Treatment, with or without structured living, extended care transitional treatment and intensive outpatient treatment, and ongoing alumni services and technology-enhanced aftercare to ensure continued recovery and support.
We want to provide our clients with the tools they need to identify their own trigger mechanisms and warning signs. We also help them prepare a concrete plan for success as they move out of the program and into the future.