switch to a different analgesic now that propoxyphene (Darvon, etc) is off the market due to safety concerns

Many patients will need to switch to a different analgesic now that propoxyphene (Darvon, etc) is off the market due to safety concerns.

Many experts say it's about time.

Propoxyphene can increase the risk of arrhythmias...even at usual doses and in patients without cardiac problems.

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