What is Fioricet?
Fioricet is the market or trade name of the combination of drugs such as Butalbital, Acetaminophen, and Caffeine; it belongs to the class of medication known as Barbiturate. Each dose of Fioricet contains 50 milligrams of Butalbital, 500 milligrams of Acetaminophen, and 40 milligrams of Caffeine. It got the green signal from the food and drug administration (FDA) in the year 1984. Doctors prescribe Fioricet to treat headaches caused due to tension and any other conditions as they determine. Fioricet also works as a pain reliever and helps to treat fever as well. You can take this medicine orally. Fioricet is available only with a proper prescription from a doctor.
What are the uses of Fioricet?
Doctors use Fioricet to treat the following medical condition:
- Tension headache
- Traumatic brain injury
- Any other condition as they determine
How do Fioricet works?
As mentioned above, Fioricet belongs to the class of medication known as Barbiturate; it works by relaxing muscle contractions and causing sedation via an enhancement of the inhibitory effects of GABA (a neurotransmitter that regulates communication between brain cells). Doctors believe that Caffeine enhances the pain-relieving effects of Acetaminophen by up to 40%. In addition to that, it has vasoconstrictive properties, narrowing blood vessels in the brain, thereby decreasing blood flow and oxygen tension (before a headache or a migraine, blood vessels tend to enlarge). It also helps to relieve pain.
What precautions to take while using Fioricet?
Please do take the following precautions while taking Fioricet:
- You should take medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Please do not take it more often than prescribed.
- You should not take Fioricet if you are allergic to it or any of its components or used an MAO inhibitor in the last two weeks.
- To ensure that taking Fioricet is safe for you, you should tell your doctor if you have or ever had the following health-related issues:
- Liver disease
- Addiction to drugs or alcohol
- Kidney disease
- Sleep apnea
- Trouble in breathing
- Stomach ulcer
- Bleeding in the stomach
- Skin rashes
- Used medication for preventing the clotting of the blood
- Lactating mothers and expecting women should not take this medication without consulting their doctor.
- It is best to frequently visit your doctor and take proper body checkups to avoid Fioricet’s unpleasant and unwanted effects.
- Please avoid medical errors.
- It is a part of treatment only; to make the medicine work more effectively and follow your doctor’s advice more carefully.
- Tell your health expert if you are on any over-the-counter medication.
- Please don’t stop taking Fioricet suddenly; otherwise, you may suffer through the withdrawal symptoms.
- Fioricet may affect specific medical tests; tell your pathologist that you are on this medication.
- You can consult your doctor to learn more about the risks and benefits associated with Fioricet.
- Taking Fioricet may impair your thinking and reactions; therefore, you should not involve in activities that require attention and alertness.
- You should not take any cold, allergy, pain, or sleep medication without consulting your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking this medication.
- If you ever experience uncomfortable or Fioricet overdose symptoms after taking this medicine, you should report those symptoms to your doctor and ask for medical help. Some of the Fioricet overdose symptoms include insomnia, restlessness, tremor, diarrhea, Trouble in breathing, irregular heartbeats, seizure (convulsions), or fainting.
What are Fioricet side effects?
Some of the common side effects of using Fioricet are as follows:
- Drowsiness or dizziness
- Feeling drunk
- Trouble in sleeping
The mild symptoms of the side effects above-mentioned don’t need medical assistance. Still, if these symptoms are bothering you so much or are unbearable to you, you should report those symptoms to doctors and ask for medical help. You can stop taking Fioricet and tell our doctor if you experience the following health issues:
- Seizures or convulsions
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in the upper stomach
- Loss of appetite
- Dark-colored urine
- Clay-colored stools
You must report to your doctor from time to time if you ever experience any new symptoms or your symptoms are getting even worse.