Forms of Fioricet available to treat migraines
Fioricet, which is a brand-name medication, is available only as a tablet. Other medications containing the same active ingredients are available as liquids and may contain different strengths of acetaminophen.
Other names for this combination of drugs:
Most common side effects of Fioricet tablets
Fioricet is a combination of three drugs, therefore each ingredient may result in different side effects.
The most common side effects seen from butalbital are:
- Shortness of breath
- Dulled senses
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea and/or Vomiting
Possible side effects from the acetaminophen:
- Allergic reactions
- Low blood cell count
Possible side effects from the caffeine:
- Rapid heart rate
- Poisonous effect on the kidneys
- Increased blood sugar
Serious side effects
Some people may experience serious side effects when they take Fioricet. The maximum daily dose of acetaminophen for adults without liver problems is 4,000 mg or 4 grams per day. Seek immediate medical attention immediately if you have any of the following symptoms of liver damage:
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
- Yellowing of the eyes or skin
- Dark-colored urine
- Severe abdominal pain or stomach pain
- Extreme fatigue
Barbiturates, including Fioricet, can cause dangerous and potentially life-threatening dependency. Consuming alcohol while taking Fioricet is dangerous. Because Fioricet can be addictive, it should only be taken while under a doctor’s supervision and the medicine should be stopped gradually, not abruptly.
Like many painkillers used for treating migraines, if Fioricet is taken often over a long time it can lead to a rebound headache, which is also called medication overuse headache. This results in headaches worsening.
Who should not take Fioricet for migraines
Fioricet may interact with other medicines you are taking. Therefore, as always, you must inform your doctor of all other medications you are currently taking including over-the-counter drugs and any natural remedies.
Let your doctor know if you are taking certain antidepressants called MAO inhibitors, drugs that act on the central nervous system, alcohol, antihistamines, sleep aids, anti-anxiety medications, muscle relaxants, narcotic pain killers or drugs for mental illness.
Fioricet should not be used if you take sodium oxylate, a drug for narcolepsy, if you suffer from porphyria or if you drink alcohol.
Fioricet interacts with several other drugs including:
- Anti-seizure drugs
- Beta agonists (such as albuterol) used to treat asthma
- Birth control pills (oral contraceptives)
Fioricet also interacts with drugs that affect liver enzymes, including:
- Valproic acid
- Phenothiazines (such as chlorpromazine)
Fioricet can also speed up the removal of other drugs from your body by affecting your liver enzymes including:
- Blood thinners (such as warfarin)
- Cyclosporine (used for organ transplant)
- Corticosteroids (such as prednisone)
- Estrogen (a female sex hormone)
- Felodipine (a calcium-channel blocker)
- Metronidazole (an antibiotic)
- Quinidine (used to treat irregular heart rate)
- Certain beta blockers (such as metoprolol)
- Theophylline (used for asthma)
- Doxycycline ( a type of tetracycline antibiotic)
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Fioricet is used to treat migraine and various forms of headache. Many doctors prescribe it to their patients because it is a sedative and a pain killer wrapped in one. When you have a prescription, you can buy Fioricet anywhere, but you should know that you should not exceed dosage prescribed by your doctor. However, if you have exceeded the dosage, you should call your doctor and tell him what side effects you are experiencing so he can help you out.
When you order Fioricet next day, you will get it in form of pills for oral usage of various shapes and colors. Usually it’s made in white or blue color, and the shape might be round or oval. Dosage is same for any of mentioned, 40mg, only shapes and colors are different.
Before taking this medicine
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.