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A 30-year-old member asked:

How could i be addicted to fioricet but have been taking xanax (alprazolam) for panic and have never abused it/felt the urge?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Randall Bock
Specializes in General Practice
Both are addictive: If you are getting Xanax (alprazolam) on a regular basis you might not have known that you were addicted. Try stopping for a number of days, a few weeks, see if you have the urge for that as well. Barbiturates (fioricet) and benzodiazepines (xanax) are both "downers" and both have tachyphylaxis (habituation) qualities.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 35 years experience
Different type: Fioricet has caffeine which is addictive vs Xanax (alprazolam) which is benzo. Xanax (alprazolam) addiction is subtle and withdrawal effects are prolonged.
Dr. Randall Bock
Specializes in General Practice
Fioricet's addictive agent is Butalbital, which is a physically and psychologically addictive barbiturate. "Many opioid-dependent persons frequently use barbiturates as a potentiator to their normal dose of opiates in order to increase the effects, or with a less than normal dose as means of conserving their supply. Especially when used with the stronger Schedule II narcotics, suicide or accidental death occurs much more frequently than first reported with one drug alone." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butalbital
Sep 5, 2012
Last updated Feb 18, 2015

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