About The Propoxyphene & Darvocet Overdose Lawsuit
Darvocet is a mild to moderate pain reliever containing a combination of acetaminophen and propoxyphene. Propoxyphene is an opioid pain reliever sold under various names as a single-ingredient product (Darvon) and as a combined product with acetaminophen (Darvocet).
The propoxyphene and Darvocet overdose lawsuit can help families affected by the opioid epidemic fight the drug manufacturers. In 2016 alone, 42,249 people lost their lives from opioid overdoses. The opioid overdose lawsuit alleges that the drug manufacturers pushed opioids while concealing their addictiveness. There are reports of opioid manufacturers have drug reps push sales in doctors offices. At the same time, the drug manufacturers spent millions of dollars advertising opioid drugs.
Accidental overdose from Darvocet, Darvon or propoxyphene is common. Overdose from Darvocet, Darvon or propoxyphene can occur when the drugs are taken by themselves or with alcohol and other medicines. Overdose deaths happen very fast after taking Darvocet, Darvon or propoxyphene – especially if there was alcohol, antidepressants, sedatives, tranquillizers, muscle relaxers or any combination of drugs.
Eligibility To Join The Propoxyphene & Darvocet Overdose Lawsuit
- Prescription for Propoxyphene or Darvocet: At this time the propoxyphene and Darvocet overdose lawsuit only covers victims that had prescriptions at the time of the death or hospitalization. Unfortunately, the propoxyphene and Darvocet overdose lawsuit is currently not covering victims who used unprescribed propoxyphene or Darvocet.
- Hospitalization or Death From Overdose: For eligibility purposes, the prescribed propoxyphene or Darvocet must have caused a hospitalization or death. Hospitalization can cover any medical treatment due to overdosing from propoxyphene or Darvocet.
FDA Issues Warnings Against Darvocet & Propoxyphene Use
In November of 2010, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended against continued prescribing and use of the pain reliever propoxyphene because data showed that the drug can be habit forming and can cause serious toxicity to the heart, even when used in therapeutic doses. Studies show that when propoxyphene was taken at the therapeutic dose, there were significant changes to the electrical activity to the heart.
These changes to the heart from Darvon or Darvocet use can be easily detected on an electrocardiogram (ECG). The FDA stated that propoxyphene use can increase the risk for serious abnormal heart rhythm. The FDA concluded that the safety risks of propoxyphene outweigh the benefit of propoxyphene for pain relief.
Darvocet & Propoxyphene Linked To Respiratory Deaths
Darvon and Darvocet contain propoxyphene, a narcotic pain reliver and cough suppressant that is weaker than morphine, codeine and hydrocodone. The manufacturers of propoxyphene knew how addictive propoxyphene was and the serious health side effects of propoxyphene, but they hid these facts from the public. Like other opioid based drugs, propoxyphene can cause a serious life-threating medical condition called respiratory depression or hypoventilation.
There is a direct link between respiratory depression and opioid use. Opioid respiratory depression is a breathing disorder characterized by slow and ineffective breathing as a result of opioid drug use from drugs like Darvocet and propoxyphene.
In 2010, the FDA saw how addictive Darvocet and Darvon were and banned propoxyphene-based medications. Darvon and Darvocet have several serious life threating side effects that include:
- Shallow breathing,
- Feeling that you may pass out, feeling dizzy or sleepy all the time
- Feeling short of breath, chest pain, slow heart beat
- Not thinking clearly, confusion, disorientated, headaches
- Suffer from convulsions or seizures
- Stomach pain, loss of appetite, nausea
Get Help From A Darvocet & Propoxyphene Overdose Injury Lawyer
The drug injury lawyers at Woods & Woods have been helping injured people since 1985. When you call Woods & Woods, you’ll get an experienced Darvocet or propoxyphene overdose injury lawyer. Your Darvocet or propoxyphene overdose injury lawyer will fight the drug manufacturers. The propoxyphene and Darvocet overdose lawsuit seeks to hold the drug companies liable for their actions.
- You only pay your Darvocet or propoxyphene overdose injury lawyer if you win.
- If your painkiller overdose lawsuit is not successful, you pay your propoxyphene overdose injury lawyer nothing.
- We offer free legal consultations on the opioid painkiller class action lawsuit to anyone affected by propoxyphene or Darvocet.
- Find out if your family should begin litigation or lawsuits against opioid manufacturers after an injury or death.
- Our law firm is proud to co-counsel with other law firms around the country to help clients.
- Woods & Woods has helped thousands of injured and disabled clients nationwide for decades.
Darvocet® is a registered trademark of Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc. and is used here only for the purpose of identifying the product in question. Woods & Woods, LLP is not affiliated with, sponsored by or associated with Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals Inc. Never stop taking a medication without first asking your doctor.