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If you suffer from recurring tension headaches or migraines, talk to your doctor and find out if Fioricet is a good treatment option for you.

What is Fioricet?

Fioricet is a brand name for a combination drug used to treat tension headaches, migraines, and sometimes other types of pain (although Fioricet is not expressly labeled as a general pain reliever). Fioricet is available only with a doctor's prescription, but if you are under a doctor's care for tension-related headache problems, it might be worth talking to your doctor about the possibility of using Fioricet to control your recurring or serious headaches.

Fioricet contains three drugs: acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine.

Acetaminophen is a well-known and popular pain reliever that is also available over-the-counter (OTC). Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol and other pain relievers. Since acetaminophen is readily available (and also found in many cough and cold products), patients taking Fioricet must be aware of the contents of any medications they are taking to avoid overdose.

Caffeine is also found in OTC drugs and in many foods and beverages, including coffee, tea, and colas. In Fioricet, caffeine is used to enhance the effectiveness of acetaminophen. When a patient is taking Fioricet, he or she should be careful to avoid most caffeine-containing substances to prevent overdose and caffeine-nervousness.

Butalbital is a member of the barbiturate class of drugs. It is a sedative that is used in Fioricet as a muscle-relaxer; the purpose of butalbital is to relieve the muscle tension associated with tension headaches. Since barbiturates can be habit-forming, care must be taken when using Fioricet to avoid dependency on the drug. Fioricet should only be taken as prescribed by the doctor, and patients should never exceed the recommended dose or use Fioricet more often than prescribed, even if the current dose is proving ineffective (diminished effectiveness may be a sign of tolerance and/or growing drug dependency?addiction). Patients with a history of drug-dependency may not be given Fioricet.

There are a number of side-effects associated with Fioricet use, and very rarely allergic reaction may occur. Side-effects of Fioricet may include vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, anxiety, nervousness, shaking/tremor, lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, or shortness of breath. Some of these side-effects may actually be signs of misuse, dependency, or withdrawal, and should be reported to your doctor. Severe side-effects can indicate an overdose of Fioricet which can be fatal; if you think you have overdosed on Fioricet, seek emergency medical help immediately. It may be necessary to come off Fioricet slowly in gradually decreasing doses to avoid negative side-effects and withdrawal; this should be discussed with the treating physician prior to stopping Fioricet.

Despite its risks, Fioricet is a very effective medicine for controlling tension-related headaches and migraines. When used as directed and under the continued supervision of a doctor, the risks of using Fioricet are greatly reduced, and many people have enjoyed great results with this drug. If you suffer from severe or chronic tension headaches, Fioricet may be the right headache medication for you.
Fioricet Drug

Fioricet is a prescription medication that is used to treat chronic headaches. It is a combination drug which contains acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine. It is categorized as an analgesic, or painkiller.

When And How Is Fioricet Prescribed?

Fioricet is prescribed by a doctor to relieve recurring headaches, generally those caused by tension. Fioricet may also be prescribed to relieve migraine headaches, especially if a link between migraines and muscle tension is suspected. Although not labeled as a general pain reliever, Fioricet may also be prescribed for other types of pain relief.

Fioricet is available in oral forms, either capsule or tablet. It is generally given in the smallest dose that is effective to avoid side-effects and dependency. Dosage of Fioricet may be 325, 500, or 650 milligrams per capsule or tablet. The usual prescribed dosage is two tablets or capsules taken every four hours as needed.

Fioricet does have a potential to become habit-forming, and should only be taken as prescribed; when prescribed in 325 or 500 mg doses, no more than six pills should be taken in one day; in 600 mg doses, no more than four pills should be taken.

An overdose of Fioricet can be dangerous?even fatal; if an overdose occurs, or is suspected, emergency medical help needs to be sought immediately. Fioricet should never be taken in larger dosages than prescribed or more often than recommended; this is both to avoid overdose and to avoid dependency.

How Does Fioricet Work?

Each drug contained in Fioricet serves a separate purpose.

• Acetaminophen lessens the pain associated with headaches
• Caffeine enhances the effectiveness of acetaminophen
• Butalbital acts as a muscle relaxant to relieve tension

Fioricet is most effective at relieving tension headaches if taken at the first sign of a headache, and is less effective after headache pain has set in.

What Are Some Common Brand Names Of Fioricet?

Fioricet is known by several Brand names, or may be known generically by its ingredients. Some of the better known brand names in addition to Fioricet are:

Amaphen , Anoquan , Arcet , Bancap , Butace , Esgic or Esgic-Plus , Femcet
Isocet , Pharmagesic , Phrenilin or Phrenilin-Forte , Trencet , Triad

There are more than 25 brand names for Fioricet.

Fioricet Side Effects and Interactions

Fioricet is subject to side-effects and, very rarely, allergy. Some side-effects of Fioricet may include nausea, vomiting, shaking or tremor, difficulty breathing/short breath, abdominal discomfort, dizziness, lightheadedness, sleepiness or drowsiness. Side-effects should be reported to the treating physician, and more serious medical conditions (such as seizures, loss of consciousness, etc.) should be reported immediately.

The drugs in Fioricet may interact with other medications and may negatively impact other medical conditions?liver disease, heart disease, and asthma in particular. Any medications (OTC or prescription) should be reported to the doctor prior to starting Fioricet, and care should be taken to avoid medications that contain any of the ingredients in Fioricet to avoid overdose of any one drug. As acetaminophen and caffeine are included in many OTC drugs and foods (respectively), it is particularly important to read product labels and look for the presence of these drugs.

The Butalbital contained in Fioricet is a barbiturate, which means there is a risk of becoming dependent on the drug if used frequently or for long periods of time. Any of the following signs of dependency should be discussed with the treating physician immediately: decreased drug effectiveness, withdrawal symptoms when not on the drug, desire to take drug in higher doses or more often than prescribed, inability to function when not on the drug.

In addition, patients taking Fioricet may experience symptoms of withdrawal and/or rebound headaches if the medication is stopped suddenly; before stopping Fioricet use, patients should consult their doctor. It may be necessary to slowly reduce the dosage to avoid negative side-effects and withdrawal.

Fioricet Storage

Fioricet should be stored at room temperature, below 85 degrees (F), in a dark place and always away from moisture which can cause the medication to break down.

Additional Fioricet Drug Resources

Fioricet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Fioricet (Butalbital, Acetaminophen and Caffeine) drug description
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