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Dextropropoxyphene is used to treat mild pain and also has antitussive (cough suppressant) and local anaesthetic effects. This drug has been withdrawn from India due to cases of fatal self-poisoning.

How it works

Dextropropoxyphene belongs to class of drugs called opioid analgesics. It acts on certain pain, centers in the brain and alter the processes of response to pain.

Common side effects

Nausea, Constipation, Dizziness, Sleepiness, Drowsiness, Hallucination, Headache, Mood changes, Rash, Vomiting


Expert advice

• Do not drink alcohol while taking dextropropoxyphene as it may worsen the side effects.
• Do not drive or operate any machinery while taking dextropropoxyphene as it may cause drowsiness
• Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
• Patients allergic to dextropropoxyphene or any of its ingredients should avoid it.
• Patients who are suffering from psychotic conditions should not take dextropropoxyphene.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is Dextropropoxyphene a narcotic?
Yes, Dextropropoxyphene is a narcotic analgesic.
Q. Why is Dextropropoxyphene banned?
Dextropropoxyphene was banned as overdose has resulted in fatal self-poisoning, leading to suicide.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)