Can you take expired Darvocet? 

Can you take expired Darvocet? 

No, you should not take expired Darvocet. The FDA has taken Darvocet off the market because of the adverse effects caused by this medication. 

Study shows that Darvocet can drastically affect your heart and cause arrhythmia, which could become life-threatening for some people, and since it is an opioid analgesic, people tend to misuse it and get addicted (1). 

I would personally not recommend using Darvocet at all, as there are other safer alternatives. Make sure you do not use any medication without your doctor’s approval. 

Darvocet typically has a shelf-life of about 2-3 years.

What are the possible dangers associated with the use of expired Darvocet? 

Darvocet expired or not, is associated with a lot of side effects. Although it can effectively treat mild to severe pain, it still has greater risks than benefits. Side effects of this medication include:

  • Severe arrhythmia 
  • Shallow breathing 
  • Excessive sweating 
  • Tightness of chest
  • Inability to breathe 
  • Convulsions 
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhoea 
  • Liver damage – Jaundice 
  • Unbearable itching
  • Clay coloured stools
  • Severe abdominal pain 
  • Confusion 
  • Restlessness 
  • Hallucinations 
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness 

What to do if you have taken expired Darvocet? 

If you have taken expired Darvocet and you feel unusual, immediately reach out to your healthcare provider. It’s highly unlikely for a person to have expired Darvocet at home as this medication is dispensed according to the prescription and the duration of treatment is short. 

It is advised to follow the treatment plan properly. So, you shouldn’t have expired Darvocet at home. If you do, throw it away. 

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