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Propoxyphene

Drug Information

Caution: The US Food and Drug Administration is removing this product from the US market. The FDA recommends that if you currently have a prescription for this medicine you should not make the decision to stop or continue treatment alone but should immediately speak to your doctor.

Propoxyphene is a narcotic analgesic used to relieve mild to moderate pain. Propoxyphene is available alone and in combination with other drugs.

Common brand names:

Darvon

Summary of Interactions with Vitamins, Herbs, & Foods

Types of interactions: Beneficial Adverse Check

Replenish Depleted Nutrients

  • none

Reduce Side Effects

  • none

Support Medicine

  • none

Reduces Effectiveness

  • none

Potential Negative Interaction

  • none

Explanation Required 

  • Fiber

    Propoxyphene may cause gastrointestinal (GI) upset. Propoxyphene-containing products may be taken with food to reduce or prevent GI upset.1 A common side effect of narcotic analgesics is constipation.2 Increasing dietary fiber (especially vegetables and whole-grain foods) and water intake can ease constipation.

The Drug-Nutrient Interactions table may not include every possible interaction. Taking medicines with meals, on an empty stomach, or with alcohol may influence their effects. For details, refer to the manufacturers’ package information as these are not covered in this table. If you take medications, always discuss the potential risks and benefits of adding a new supplement with your doctor or pharmacist.

References

1. Threlkeld DS, ed. Central Nervous System Drugs, Narcotic Agonist Analgesics. In Facts and Comparisons Drug Information. St. Louis, MO: Facts and Comparisons, Feb 1990, 242–3v.

2. Threlkeld DS, ed. Central Nervous System Drugs, Narcotic Agonist Analgesics. In Facts and Comparisons Drug Information. St. Louis, MO: Facts and Comparisons, Feb 1990, 242–3v.

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