If you have someone in your family who has headaches often or if you tend to have headaches that cannot be treated with paracetamol and other, mild drugs like that; you have definitely heard of Fioricet. It is a drug that was designed to help people who suffer from headaches more than other people and whose headaches are more severe than the occasional headache we all experience from time to time. Here, we would like to share some of the most important facts about this drug with you. These are all 100% factual facts and they are not meant to sell you anything.
1. Fioricet is a combination drug
Unlike most drugs which contain a single active ingredient (paracetamol in Tylenol, sildenafil in Viagra, etc), Fioricet is a combination of three active ingredients, two of which are drugs and third of which is a stimulant. This is important because this means you need to factor in the safety profile of all three ingredients and because this means that the efficacy is increased as well. The three ingredients are butalbital, paracetamol and caffeine. Butalbital and paracetamol are painkillers on their own and caffeine is a stimulant that increases their efficacy and also constricts blood vessels in the brain, providing additional benefits.
2. Fioricet is a prescription drug
Fioricet should be used only with a prescription. It does not have to be a prescription, but you have to talk to your doctor before you start using this drug. Many people skip this part nowadays when they can order their medications online where they are not asked for actual prescriptions. It is important to talk to your doctor before you use this drug for a number of reasons. For one, you may be at greater risk of developing adverse reactions to the drug. Also, you may already be on a regimen that will interact with Fioricet and cause additional problems. Or maybe Fioricet should not be used for your condition as there may be better solutions.
3. Fioricet can cause addiction
More precisely, Fioricet can cause dependency. This is due to butalbital, one of the three ingredients in Fioricet, which is a barbiturate drug. This class of drugs may cause physical and psychological dependency when used for longer periods of time. The chances of this happening are reduced due to the fact that butalbital is not present in such great amounts in Fioricet. However, you still need to be aware that prolonged use may lead to dependency that can be treated and avoided.
4. Fioricet can be used for migraines as well
People who are suffering from migraines are always looking for new ways to treat their condition and the good news is that Fioricet may be used in treatment of migraines as well. It is considered an off-label use, but it is possible to address the issue of migraine with this drug. However, it may not work for everyone. Some people swear by it and say that it is the best thing ever while others experienced no relief from migraines with this drug.
5. Fioricet has to be taken carefully
This is true for every drug, but since Fioricet is a potent medication, you should be extra careful when taking it. You need to be careful not to take too much of it, not to take it for too long and not to combine it with other drugs or substances.
Do not use Fioricet if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.
You should not use Fioricet if you are allergic to acetaminophen, butalbital, or caffeine, if you have porphyria, or if you have recently used alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or other narcotic medications.
To make sure Fioricet is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- liver disease, cirrhosis, a history of alcoholism or drug addiction, or if you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day;
- kidney disease;
- asthma, sleep apnea, or other breathing disorder;
- stomach ulcer or bleeding;
- a history of skin rash caused by any medication;
- a history of mental illness or suicidal thoughts; or
- if you use medicine to prevent blood clots.
It is not known whether Fioricet will harm an unborn baby. If you use butalbital while you are pregnant, your baby could become dependent on the drug. This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Babies born dependent on habit-forming medicine may need medical treatment for several weeks. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
This medicine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.