Many of our members may be treating their pain with opiates including codiene and oxycodone (i.e. Oxycontin) and propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet). Propoxyphene has recently been removed by the FDA for complications, most notably arrhythmias.
A new study has also found that codeine and oxycodone more than double your cardiovascular risk compared to other opiate-based pain relievers such as hydrocodone and tramadol.
It might be of interest to all members to hear from those of us taking these drugs, why they were prescribed to us, and what your has experience been? Finally, if you are taking these drugs it would be prudent to address these concerns with your doctor.
I have posted an article on the subject titled "Is codeine cardiotoxic? Middle-ground painkiller ups CV risk in large study" for additional info.
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