Darvocet Overdoseby Phyllis Lile-King (Overdose Law )
Darvocet® (Propoxyphene) Overdose
Propoxyphene is a widely prescribed analgesic pain medication for the treatment of mild to moderate pain. Darvon® and Darvocet® are the brand names of this opiate drug.
The rate a person eliminates propoxyphene can be affected by drugs that inhibit enzymes like CYP3A4, making the drug potentially toxic. These drugs include amiodarone, amprenavir, aprepitant, clarithromycin, diltiazem, erythromycin, fluconazole, fosamprenavir, grapefruit juice, itraconazole, ketoconazole, nelfinavir, nefazadone, ritonavir, troleandomycin, and verapamil are some of the drugs that can lead to increased and dangerous propoxyphene levels.
In the last few years, there have been several reported cases of Darvocet® or propoxyphene toxicity deaths, as a result of giving a patient too much Darvocet® or administering Darvocet® with other drugs that cause toxicity. Often, when patients die from a Darvocet® overdose, they die within a few hours of taking the drug.
The FDA recommends that patients receiving propoxyphene and any CYP3A4 inhibitor should be carefully monitored for an extended period of time and dosage adjustments should be made if warranted.
Propoxyphene Overdose Malpractice Lawsuit
A typical propoxyphene overdose case occurs when:
The patient was prescribed or given too much of propoxyphene;
The patient was incorrectly given propoxyphene by the pharmacy instead of the the correct medication.
A doctor prescribed Darvon®, Darvocet® or another pain killer containing propoxyphene when the patient was on a CYP3A4 inhibitor;
A doctor did not adequately monitor the patient after prescribing propoxyphene
Propoxyphene Overdose: How It Is Determined
Generally, autopsy and toxicology performed after death are used to establish propoxyphene toxicity. If you have a family member who died suddenly after starting this drug, insist on an autopsy, and tell the medical examiner that your family member started on this medication.
If a medical error caused the propoxyphene overdose death, a family can assert a claim against the physician, hospital or pharmacy for wrongful death. The law permits the family to recover the following as a result of a wrongful death:
Medical expenses related to the overdose
Lost income as a result of the death
Loss of the person’s society, and companionship
Pain and suffering
Contact an attorney at www.overdoselaw.com regarding wrongful death of a family member as a result of a Darvocet® overdose or prescription error.
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