I can't describe how I felt when I read the story. Disappointed. Sad. Angry. Uncertain. Even a little fearful. I have personally taken Darvocet since 1988. That year I had surgery for bilateral knee replacement. I was given darvocet in the hospital and it helped tremendously with my recovery. After talking to my rheumatologist about how well I responded to darvocet -- we left it as part of my treatment regimen. So now -- 21 years later -- 21 YEARS LATER, the FDA may ban the drug I believe has given me a good quality of life. I've had rheumatoid arthritis for 34+ years with pain every single day, several joint replacements, many medication changes, on disability, off disability -- the story is a long one. But I can say for sure, along the way, darvocet has been my mainstay. Darvon has been on the market for 50 years and those who do not understand its value to chronic pain patients say it has overdose risk and potential to be used in suicides.
I have never had a suicidal thought in my life -- so I will count myself among the fortunate. But I believe in my core that there is no connection between darvocet and overdose or suicide risk that is any greater than for other pain meds like vicodin, MS Contin, oxycontin. So, hear me FDA -- Darvon and darvocet are a significant part of treatment for many, many people. If you ban it -- you will destroy their quality of life. Move on to a more worthy cause and leave Darvocet a-lone! A comment from one of my readers expresses a similar point. He wrote, "I've been taking Darvon 65 for over 30 years, and it is the ONLY medication that gives me relief from my daily headaches. My doctor put me in the hospital for a week once to try alternative medicines, and NOTHING worked for me but Darvon 65. The FDA MUST NOT ban Darvon, it would affect my quality of life tremendously." Are there others who feel similarly? Post your feelings on the possible Darvon ban on our arthrtis forum.
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