Talwin Compound

Generic ingredients: Pentazocine hydrochloride with aspirin.

Talwin Compound is a narcotic analgesic. It relieves pain and gives a feeling of well-being.

Quick Facts About Talwin Compound


Used to treat moderate pain.

Talwin Compound Dosage

Take exactly as prescribed; do not increase dose unless directed by your doctor. Abruptly stopping medication may result in withdrawal symptoms.

  • Usual adult dose: 2 caplets taken 3 or 4 times per day.
  • Usual child dose: not generally prescribed for children under 12 years.
  • Missed dose: if taking on a regular schedule — take as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double ddses.

Talwin Compound Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

coma, confusion, convulsions, diarrhea, dizziness, gasping, headache, heavy perspiration, nausea, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, ringing in the ears, thirst, vomiting. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

Overdose may cause inability to breathe, leading to death.

More common side effects: confusion, disorientation, dizziness, feelings of elation, hallucinations, headache, light-headedness, nausea, sedation, sweating, vomiting.

Less common Talwin Compound side effects: blurred vision, constipation, depression, difficulty focusing, disturbed dreams, fainting, flushing, inability to fall or stay asleep, lowered blood pressure, rapid heart rate, rash, weakness. Rare side effects: abdominal distress, chills, diarrhea, excitement, facial swelling, fluid retention, hives, inability to urinate, irritability, lack or loss of appetite, ringing in the ears, skin peeling, tingling sensation, tremors, troubled or slowed breathing.


Inform your doctor before combining Talwin Compound with:

benzodiazepines such as Valium and Xanax, MAO inhibitors such as Nardil, other analgesics such as Demerol, sleep aids such as Dalmane and Halcion. These medications may lead to overdose symptoms. Blood thinners such as Coumadin may cause bleeding. Use of narcotics, including methadone, may cause withdrawal symptoms.

Limit use of alcohol when taking Talwin Compound; the effects of alcohol are intensified.

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Not known if Talwin Compound appears in breast milk.

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Not generally prescribed for children under 12 years.

  • Do not share Talwin Compound with others.
  • May cause drowsiness and impair your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. Do not take part in any activity that requires alertness.
  • Before taking Talwin Compound, inform your doctor if you have kidney or liver disorder; experience seizures; have severe bronchial asthma or respiratory problems.
  • Use extremely cautiously if you have head injury. May cause breathing trouble and pressure on the skull, and may mask or hide pain from a head injury.
  • Use with caution if you have had a heart attack or are nauseated or vomiting.
  • May cause physical and psychological dependence. Inform your doctor of any drug addiction problems.
  • Avoid if sensitive to or allergic to pentazocine or salicylates (aspirin), or similar medications.
  • Due to risk of Reye’s syndrome, should not give Talwin Compound to children and teenagers who have chicken pox or the flu.
  • Tell your doctor if you have an ulcer. Talwin Compound may irritate stomach lining and cause bleeding.


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