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Propoxyphene Napsylate

Drug Interactions

Propoxyphene napsylate can potentially interact with several other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Propoxyphene Napsylate).

Overdose Information

An overdose with propoxyphene napsylate can be dangerous. If you happen to take too much of this medication, seek immediate medical attention.
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What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose of Propoxyphene Napsylate?

This medication is often prescribed "as needed," which means that you do not need to take it if you do not feel pain. If you forget to take a dose of propoxyphene napsylate and notice significant pain, take your missed dose right away. However, make sure to wait the recommended time before taking it again.

How Does It Work?

Propoxyphene napsylate is classified as a centrally acting narcotic pain reliever. "Centrally acting" means that it works in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), rather than directly at the site of the pain. Propoxyphene napsylate is not considered as "strong" as most other narcotic pain relievers and is particularly dangerous in the case of overdoses. As a result, propoxyphene napsylate is not usually a healthcare provider's "first choice" when prescribing pain medications.

Abuse Potential

Propoxyphene napsylate has some potential for both psychological and physical dependence and abuse. In fact, it is classified as a controlled substance, which means that there are special rules and regulations for prescribing and obtaining the medication. Because propoxyphene napsylate can be a desirable drug of abuse, people may buy it through illegal means, such as from foreign countries or online sources that do not require a prescription.
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