Darvon and Darvocet Risks Don't Justify the Benefits
Darvon and Darvocet were recalled by the FDA in November 2010 as a result of the risk of causing heart arrhythmias. Darvon and Darvocet are pain killers that have been on the market for over 50 years and have been used by millions of patients. The FDA concluded that the benefits of these drugs don't justify the risks. There are many other pain killers that are either equally effective or more effective as pain killers than Darvon or Darvocet.
What Type of Arrhythmias Do Darvon and Darvocet Cause?
Darvon and Darvocet have been shown to cause arrhythmias characterized by an elongated QT wave. This type of Arrhythmia can cause ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachacardia. These arrythmias can cause sudden cardiac death.
Could I Have Any Continuing Heart Problem After I Stop Taking Darvon or Darvocet
It is unlikely that there is any continuing risk once the medication is discontinued. Any arrhythmia that occurred during use of the drug should disappear once the drug is discontinued. Within 36 hours after discontinuing the drug the cardiotoxic metabolite norpropoxyphene should be eliminated from the body
What type of Adverse Event from the Drugs would Justify a Lawsuit Against the Manufacturers and Marketers of Darvon, Darvocet, and Propoxyphene?
In my opinion, sudden sudden cardiac death would be the most likely circumstance for legal action. Sudden cardiac death is heart failure that is not caused by a blood clot and is not considered a myocardial infarction. Many people refer to heart failure as a "heart attack". The general definition of a heart attack could include both a sudden cardiac death caused by an arrhythmia or a myocardial infarction. A potential darvon, darvocet, or propoxyphene lawsuit would probably need medical treatment with an EKG showing the elongated QT wave to prove that it was likely a darvon related injury. The patient would have to be on the drug at the time of the arrhythmia as well. There would likely nee be a prescription record and possibly blood work at the time of the cardiac event to prove use of the drug.
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