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Is fiorinal with codeine (aspirin butalbital caffeine and codeine) good for headaches?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
FIORINAL (aspirin butalbital and caffeine) -YES: Codeine no!
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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology 18 years experience
Narcotics not good: This is a common misconception, and leads to a lot of suffering. Narcotics are very prone to cause rebound headache or medication overuse headache, and should be avoided. If triptans or nsaids are not sufficient, you should consider prophylactic treatment.
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Dr. John Barbuto
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Basically, agree: Overall, I agree with the others. Yet, let's go a little further. "Headache" is only a symptom. In your case, a symptom of what? How often? Good according to whom? Many patients like FwC for headache, but it can lead to poor outcome if used frequently or used to treat the wrong illness. Chasing headache with pain pills only works for rare headaches due to non-serious cause. Is that you?
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Whats fiorinal with codeine (aspirin butalbital caffeine and codeine) like?

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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management 49 years experience
Fiorinol without Cod: The Codeine probably doesn't add a lot to the effectiveness. This med is responsible for a lot of rebound or transformed migraine development.
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Dr. John Barbuto
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The terms "rebound" and "transformed migraine" are in the literature; yet, these labels are provided without biological proof that the hypothesized mechanism is actually present. Conversely, the labels are applied to patients who have frequent symptoms that they "chase" with pain pills recurrently. The pivotal issue is this situation.
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Does fiorinal with codeine (aspirin butalbital caffeine and codeine) make you high?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
Taking for pain?: All pain medications can make some people feel "high". If you taking this for pain then it is less likely. If you are taking it to get high, then you are risking your life.
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