Saturday, November 20, 2010


Propoxyphene is a mild narcotic based pain killer, sometimes used in combination with paracetamol. I do not think that it is commonly used in Malaysia.
Anyway, the FDA has just issued a warning that propoxyphene should be withdrawn with immediate effect, citing the dangers of fatal cardiac arrhythmia as the reason. The Europeans have already withdrawn the use of this drug earlier. Being a potassium ion channel blocker, there is always the potential for ventricular arrhythmias.
Please be warned.
If you are one of those who are taking pills containing propoxyphene, I think you should contact your doctor urgently and consult him / her.

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