The FDA has told medical professionals to stop prescribing propoxyphene. Patients who are taking the stated medications should not sinply stop taking it, ut should contact their doctor soon as possible to discuss switching to another pain-management therapy.
Propoxyphene is an opioid typically used to treat mild to moderate pain. It was first approved by the FDA in 1957. It is sold by prescription under various names alone or in combination with acetaminophen. Since 1978, the FDA has received two requests to remove propoxyphene from the market.
In January 2009, an FDA advisory committee voted 14 to 12 against the continued marketing of propoxyphene products. At that time, the committee called for additional information about the drug's cardiac effects.
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