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Acetaminophen Butalbital Caffeine
Better options exist:
Fioricet/ fiorinal is a barbiturate derivative, which can be highly addictive, and interact with many other drugs. The type and source of headaches must be established
ie; classic migraine, chronic daily ha, clusterha, ect. Biofeedback has been shown to be an effective treatment. Some ha's are peripheral (occipital neuralgia). If ha's are frequent, a preventative drug is preferred (topamax, (topiramate) verapam. ...Read more
Every 3 day cut back of fioricet with codeine (acetaminophen butalbital caffeine and codeine) put me in wd at end of month. Went from 4 to 1 every other. What can I do now.1 per day?
Using music, deep breathing, light activity (walking, swimming, dancing), reading, massage, and meditation/prayer can add to your ability to control your pain, even while decreasing pain medications.
Practice a little more each day and you can become an expert on controlling your own pain. Talk to your doctor and consider visiting a pain clinic to help get you started. ...Read more
No: It contains, obviously, codeine which will show up as an opiate (and is also metabolized into morphine). It also contains a barbiturate, bultalbital, which will also show up as positive. I would worry more about using drugs when you are subject to drug testing, and the level of severity of your drug problem, as you do about getting caught. ...Read more
How can I safely detox from fioricet with codeine (acetaminophen butalbital caffeine and codeine)?
Need medical help:
You will need to reduce the dose slowly and at the same time initiated some other non addictive preventive treatment for migraine such as topiramate or topamax or a beta blocker with the use of a triptan such as Imitrex (sumatriptan) for acute attacks.
You may need something for anxiety as you withdraw from the barbituric component of fioricet. ...Read more
Why do doctors keep saying to cut fioricet with codeine (acetaminophen butalbital caffeine and codeine) pill, it only comes in capsule. Can you open the capsule to take half?
Cut back: May be they mean cut back and not cut in half! ...Read more
What over-the-counter items can ease withdrawal from fioricet with codeine (acetaminophen butalbital caffeine and codeine)?
Can I take fioricet with codeine (acetaminophen butalbital caffeine and codeine) while trying to conceive?
Yes, but: Opioids in general like Codeine may affect reproductive hormones and may cause fertility issues by affecting ovulation. Only a thorough workup can determine if that is the case. If fertility is not an issue, the use of any drug during pregnancy can be a concern as this med has a category c rating for fetal adverse effects. Consult with an OB to weigh the risks versus the benefits. ...Read more
Can you tell me about it's like to take esgic (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) plus for migraines?
I took two acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine lt wore off like maybe four hours ago and im having another migrane can I take another one?
What type of pain?: Where is it located.? how long have you had it? . ............need more info. ...Read more
Is esgic (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) an effective pain reliever other than for headaches?
Yes: Esgic, (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) also known by the name Fioricet contains butalbital (a barbiturate), caffeine and acetaminophen. It can help for pain other then headache. You have to be very cautious with barbiturates however. They can cause significant CNS depression. And if used too often can cause rebound headaches. It would be safer to use Acetaminophen or an NSAID alone. ...Read more
Not always.: First, it depends on the cause of the headache, since it contains acetaminophen, caffeine, and a barbiturate. Its official indication is for severe tension headaches. There are other medicines that would be better for migraine treatment. If your headaches are severe, please see your doctor for diagnosis and any needed treatment. ...Read more
Can I cut fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) in half and take half? I know with some pills you cant do that....
Possible: With the use of a pill cutter. ...Read more
Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine): Start decreasing the frequency perhaps on a weekly basis. Then start to take less dose. ...Read more
Yes it is possible: To become dependent on fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine). Even without codeine, it still contains a barbituate. Besides which you are taking high doses of Acetaminophen which has acute and chronic effects on your liver. Recommend you consider other treatments for your condition. ...Read more
Probably Not Safe: Some butterbur preparations contain chemicals called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (pas), which can damage the liver and cause other serious harm. Only butterbur products that are certified and labeled “pa-free” should be used. Since even the "pa-free" version of butterbur breaks down in the liver avoid taking with Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) (since this has Acetaminophen in it) and can lead to further liver damage. ...Read more
Need to know, are there negative side effects from fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine)?
Side effects for any drug are difficult to predict, but commonly reported side effects for Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) include:
shortness of breath
abdominal pain. ...Read more
What are the side efects of fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) and can it cause headache?
Old style medication: Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) is a combination barbiturate /acetaminophen that used to be popular for headaches. In fact it is a very ineffective drug that causes drug rebound headaches. It is not an appropriate medication to treat your headache. See a neurologist or pain specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more
How fast can I taper off Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine). Been taking 15 day for almost a year?
Tapering Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine):
Are you taking other medications? Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) contains a combination of acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine. Butalbital may be habit-forming.
You should ease up the medication under medical supervision. Dependence/tolerance is a reality, which can manifest as a serious condition, and take you to the ER. See your Dr. Explain what you want to do, and start reducing the dosage, have a replacement ...Read more
How long does it take for Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) to leave your system? Is it good for long term migraines?
The half-life of Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) is approximately 4 hours. That's means the time it takes the blood to eliminate half of the drug is 4 hours. It takes approximately 6 half lives for a drug to be eliminated from your system. 4*6/24=
It is not clear if Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) should be used for treating migraines ...Read more
I am having a sphecterotomy friday. I am taking fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) for pain. Can I take Valium for the bad spasms I am having.
Yes, if prescribed: If it's been prescribed to you then you may take it. There should be no safety or health concerns with it. Just make sure that you don't become ataxic on it, which is to say that you lose your balance on it. Falls are a common side effect of valium but are perfectly avoidable if you keep your awareness of this in the forefront of your mind when you are walking. ...Read more
I take fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) 4 pills daily. What and how long will I take for me to become addicted. I had 4 headaches a week. Now none?
Difficult to say.:
You will become tolerant (takes more to achieve same effect) and physically addicted (you will feel poorly when u stop taking) fairly quickly at those doses - 1w-6w?
I certainly suggest you see a headache specialist (neurologist, pain doc) - there are better medications for long-term use.
Hope this helps. ...Read more
My dr put me on fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) for my severe migraines. I get them every day and the med often makes it worse. Is there anything else I can take?
Yes, you sure can: Have not used barbiturates for migraine for literally years, as is not appropriate due to rebound reaction like you describe. Similar effect with opioids. You have chronic daily headaches and need to interrupt pattern with preventative agent such as depakote, topamax (topiramate) or otc prep such as riboflavin, coq10, feverfew, butterbur, magnesium. See headache specialist. ...Read more
What to do if I have a perscrition bottle of fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) that was filled in january of 2012 and it says to discard after january 2013. Can I still use it tho?
Yes.: Manufacturers routinely recommend discarding medications after a period of time. 1 year is common. This is based on the knowledge that meds will degrade and lose their potency over time. The amount is based upon the drug, storage conditions, etc. It isn't precise. For this drug, at worst, it's a little less effective. ...Read more
Taper: If you are using more than one dose a day, drop 1 dose every 3 days. When you are down to one a day, go to every other day, then stop. ...Read more
Yes: No reported interactions between those 2 drugs. ...Read more