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And if I'm not mistaken Darvocet was recently pulled from the market, yes/no?
(A family member eats them like candy so I tend to stay on top of drug recalls, bans and class action lawsuits regarding medical practices.)
Yep. I forgot to mention this. It was pulled in Nov. Evidently it can cause (in a small number of people) a dangerous heart arrhythmia.
However, the biggest risk of this medication is its lack of efficacy. It had the highest rate of overdose in the elderly of almost any pain medication. Why? It's so weak that people double, triple or even quadruple their doses to get relief.
A study about 10 years ago found it has the pain relieving strength of nothing more than aspirin, but causes a fair amount of "buzz" in many people and also carries the risk of respiratory issues that much stronger opiates (which work better, so you don't have to raise your dose) do.