Darvocet Banned by FDA; Medical Marijuana is the Safer Choice for Pain
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 12/15/2010 in Medical Marijuana Research
Last month, the FDA finally banned the use of Darvocet, Darvon, and other brand/generic drugs that contain propoxyphene—an opioid narcotic used to treat pain since the 1950s. The FDA ordered drug companies to pull it off the market immediately because the drug was found to increase the risk of fatal heart arrhythmias. The FDA decision comes nearly six years after the drug was banned in the U.K., and nearly a year and a half after the European drug agency banned it.
It has long been known that opiate narcotic pain pills are not safe to take long term. They are extremely addictive, and come with severe side effects such as nausea, constipation, respiratory depression and even death. The action of the Food and Drug Administration to ban propoxyphene because of it’s ability to kill is just another reminder that medical marijuana is the safe choice to treat chronic pain.
Unlike other medicines, there has never been a death attributed to marijuana overdose. Plus marijuana side effects are much milder and more manageable than those that come with traditional medicines prescribed for pain relief. Side effects of cannabis typically include:
- Dry Mouth or Thirst
- Red Eyes
- Respiratory Issues
- Short-Term Memory Loss
- Uneasiness or Anxiety
These side effects are mild and typically only temporary—and some actually work to help certain conditions, such as anorexia and cachexia. It’s time for people suffering with chronic pain to turn to a safer medication: medical marijuana.