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Why would fiorinal (aspirin butalbital and caffeine) be considered a controlled substance while fioricet is not?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Fiorinal vs Fioricet: Per FDA -Fiorinal must have at least 188mg aspirin per 15 mg butalbital (188:15) to meet CSA exemption. Ratio for Fioricet is 70mg acetaminophen per 15mg butalbital (70:15). The aspirin & acetaminophen ratios were believed to reduce abuse potential for Butalbital. REF: https://www.pharmacyexam.com/index.cfm/blog/48/fiorinal-is-a-schedule-iii-controlled-drug-but-fioricet-is-not-.cfm
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A 31-year-old member asked:

Why is fiorinal (aspirin butalbital and caffeine) considered a controlled substance?

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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management 49 years experience
Contains Butalbatal: Which is a barbiturate a controlled substance. May have some effect on the intensity of the headache through a anti-epileptic effect. Also contains caffeine. Probably not the best treatment for headaches as it tends to worsen them if taken frequently.
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