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Consumers Urged to Check Medicine Cabinets for Recalled Painkiller

The makers of a popular painkiller have issued a voluntary recall on the drug because it could cause dangerous heart rhythms.

Xanodyne, the maker of Darvon is taking the painkiller off the market, along with related brand Darvocet. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is also calling for generic drugmakers who market similar versions of the drug to stop selling the low-cost versions because they could result in similar health problems.

The recall is the result of several complaints, including petitioning by Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group, who urged the FDA to pressure Zanodyne to recall the drug, claiming it has caused several hundred deaths a year.

Davon is an opioid that has been on the market since the 1950s. It uses a chemical to decrease reaction to pain and increase pain tolerance.

Britain has already banned the medication several years ago because of increased suicide rates and accidental overdoses, according to news reports.

As a Seattle personal injury lawyer, I urge consumers to check their medicine cabinets and supplies for Darvon, Darvocet or any pure propoxyphene generic medications. Trade names include Darvocet-N and Di-Gesic Darvon with APAP for dextropropoxyphene and paracetamol and Darvon with ASA for dextropropoxyphene and aspirin.