A report in the Wall Street Journal published November 19th states that the FDA wants the painkillers Darvon and Darvocet pulled from the market due to safety conerns. The makers of the products have agreed to pull the pain killers from the market.
The FDA issued a statement that it received new clinical data showing that the drug propoxyphene “puts patients at risk of potentially serious or even fatal heart rhythms” and concluded its risks outweigh the benefits. Darvon is propoxyphene alone, and Darvocet combines that ingredient with acetaminophen (aka Tylenol).
Darvocet is a popular drug prescribed for “mild” pain after plastic surgery.
The FDA has also requested that makers of the generic drugs pull their versions, too. The WSJ reports that in 2007, there were 20 million prescriptions written for the two drugs.
The Wall Street Journal reports, “Darvon has been controversial for years. It called propoxyphene a “deadly but barely effective painkiller.”In 2005, the UK ordered propoxyphene off the market on concerns that it was too easy to overdose on the drug. Europe’s main medical regulator recommended its removal in 2009.
About a month after the European decision, the FDA said it would require a boxed warning on Darvon and Darvocet. It ignored the advice of an outside advisory panel to pull the drugs entirely, saying they were an “acceptable” option when used at recommended doses. It said it required Xanodyne to conduct a new safety study and that those results are what led to today’s action.”
Your plastic surgeon or the nurse will review medications that they are presribing at the time of your pre-op appointment which is usually a few days prior to your scheduled surgery date. If you are having a facelift only, you should not experience much pain. Discomfort and boredom but not a lot of pain. The more you add to your list such as facelift with upper and lower eyelid surgery, laser on certain areas, forehead lift or chin implant, the degree of discomfort can vary. Most patients can be free of pain medications after a few days. Once you start moving around and becoming more active, the fluids will drain and you will be feeling more like “yourself.”
Valerie D. of Atlanta recently had a facelift, upper eyelid surgery, forehead lift, breastlift with implants removed and replaced and a scar revision on previous tummy tuck scar. She was on pain pills for two days. “I had no discomfort from the breast area or from the area where the doctor performed a scar revision on my tummy tuck scar. I did have some discomfort from the facial work but not what I would call really painful. My eyes were swollen and I was bored so I just wanted to be numbed and to sleep. After I started walking around more and the swelling started going down, I felt a lot better after about three days.”
Always consult with a board certified plastic surgeon. Make your list of questions and concerns. If the doctor doesn’t take time to address them prior to surgery, chances are he/she will not after surgery.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeons include:
Dr. Robert Zaworski, Northside Center for Plastic Surgery, 980 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 450, Atlanta, GA 30342. 404.851.9576
Dr. Alan Larsen, Buckhead Plastic Surgery, 4684 Roswell Road, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30342 404.367.9005
Facial Plastic Surgeons include:
Dr. Brian Maloney, The Maloney Center, 6111 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Bldg. E, Suite 201, Atlanta, GA 30328 770.804.0007
Dr. Seth Yellin, Emory, Emory Facial Center, 5730 Glenridge Drive, Suite 230, Atlanta, GA 30328 404.303.0101