What is Propoxyphene-Acetaminophen?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Darvocet Propox-N Balacet

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See also: Dextropropoxyphene/paracetamol

This is an opioid analgesic combination of propoxyphene and acetaminophen used for mild to moderate pain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 260 97
Fibromyalgia 31 22
Breakthrough pain 19 13
Headaches 13 5
Pain in hip(s) 13 9

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 3
Moderate 13
Mild 47
None 89

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Propoxyphene-Acetaminophen

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 11
Drowsiness 6
Sleepiness 6
Abdominal cramps 5
Drug tolerance 5
Dizziness 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Propoxyphene-Acetaminophen

Dosage Patients Percentage
napsylate 650 mg-100 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Propoxyphene-Acetaminophen

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 68
Did not seem to work 45
Doctor's advice 37
Course of treatment ended 24
Side effects too severe 12
Personal research 4
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Propoxyphene-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients Percentage
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Propoxyphene-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 24
1 - 6 months 35
6 months - 1 year 19
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 31
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 15
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 78
Usually 42
Sometimes 26
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 24
Not at all hard to take 117
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 11
< $25 97
Not specified 42

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Propoxyphene-Acetaminophen after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol (Yaz) 1
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 1
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 1
Ibuprofen (Ibuprofen Prescription) 1
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 1

Patients stopped taking Propoxyphene-Acetaminophen and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 5
Tramadol (Ultram) 5
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 4
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 2
Hydrocodone 2

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching to

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21 patient evaluations for Propoxyphene-Acetaminophen

Feb 18, 2011 (Started Apr 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for back pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for degenerative disc disease (lumbar))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 15, 2009 (Started Apr 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain in shoulder(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for back pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for degenerative disc disease (lumbar))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 8 x napsylate 650 mg-100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The reason it didn't work for me at this time was I had a ruptured disc at L5-S1 that was pinching the siatic nerve. I had to go to a stronger pain med.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 23, 2009 (Started Apr 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for back pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain in shoulder(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for degenerative disc disease (lumbar))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 8 x napsylate 650 mg-100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 23, 2008 (Started Apr 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for back pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain in shoulder(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for neck pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for degenerative disc disease (lumbar))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 8 x napsylate 650 mg-100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 1, 2010 (Started Apr 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (abdominal bloating)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: i would still be taking this if our stupid government had not taken it off the market.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: abdominal bloating

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 29, 2010 (Started Jul 13, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain in hip(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: was taken off the market
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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