Darvon-N and Alcohol

If you drink alcohol while taking Darvon-N (propoxyphene napsylate), it can lead to potentially dangerous complications. Combining these two substances can increase the risk of problems, such as shallow or infrequent breathing, drowsiness, or potentially serious reactions. However, do not abruptly stop taking this medication or stop drinking alcohol, as it can lead to withdrawal symptoms or other problems.

Can I Combine Darvon-N With Alcohol?

Although some people may be able to safely take Darvon-N® (propoxyphene napsylate) while simply limiting their alcohol consumption, others may find that they must avoid alcohol altogether.
 
Alcohol and Darvon-N are both central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants). This means that they both can slow down brain function. In fact, both Darvon-N and alcohol can cause respiratory depression (shallow or infrequent breathing). Drinking alcohol while taking this pain medication may increase your risk for serious reactions.
 
If you decide to drink while taking Darvon-N, it is best to drink only a small amount. It is also good advice to have food with your alcohol and to be in the company of a trusted friend, who can help you if you get into a dangerous situation.
 

Side Effects of Mixing Alcohol and Darvon-N

Drinking alcohol while taking this medication may increase your risk of certain Darvon-N side effects, such as:
 
  • Memory problems
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Problems with coordination
  • Shallow or infrequent breathing
  • Passing out.
     
You may also be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol if you are taking Darvon-N, and you may not be able to safely drink as much alcohol as you are used to drinking.
 
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