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.
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.
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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