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Yes hi any presption to my medication for migraine I use fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) can you helpme?
Migraine - Depends: This depends. How often do you have your migraine? How well does your medicine work? Some people use preventers when they have migraines more than twice per week. Other people find fioricet, (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) sumatriptan, excedrin, or midrin help when their migraines arrive. ...Read more
I hear there is a new medication called fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) which has codeine, can you tell me more about it?
An addicting med.: An addicting pain medicine for headaches. I would recommend you don't use it. I would do my best to understand the cause of your headaches. May just need new glasses, control your blood pressure, address the stress of life/job/responsibilities rather than complicate with an addicting medication. It would be my last resort, if ever at all. Go to a headache specialist, or interventional pain doc. ...Read more
Is butalbital good for migraines or chronic headaches? Is it a dangerous drug with a lot of side effects?
Not in my opinion: Butalbital is present in a long list of migraine medications, most of which contain acetaminophen, and often combined with codeine (Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) and many generics). It is a barbiturate that has strong potential to cause physical dependency and addiction, as well as serious problems with overdose. There are many better drugs to both prevent (verapamil, beta blockers) and treat (sumatriptan etc). ...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
I take fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) (w/o codiene) for tension headaches and found that it also helps with my back pain. Is there another drug that would also help both?
No narcotics: Although the Codeine helps with pain, the effectiveness will decrease over time as you build up a tolerance to the medication. It is also addictive and is not designed to be used long term. Try anti-inflammatories (i.e. Aleve, (naproxen) motrin, etc) and stay active by working on your core muscle strength. Being as light and fit as you can be will help greatly. ...Read more
Yes: There are no reported interactions between butalbital and amlodipine. This isn't true for butalbital compound which contains Aspirin and may reduce effectiveness of amlodipine. ...Read more
Same: These are essentially the same. Same active ingredients. ...Read more
Withdrawal: If you have been on narcotics for awhile, suddenly stopping these meds will throw you into symptoms of narcotic/opiod withdrawal. May feel anxious, agitated, nauseated and in severe cases can be pretty harsh. I would advise you gradually wean down and possibly discuss this with whomever you have been getting the meds from. ...Read more
I take 2 butalbital with codeine a day, I want to stop taking it. What is good taper method, that is safe?
Slowly: I would chat with your md that is prescribing but the best answer is very slowly. Start by taking 1.5 per day for several days then one per day for several days then one half per day for several and then even every other day at one half pill per day. Write out a schedule to go down every 5 or 6 days and stick to it! Good luck! ...Read more
I have frequent migraines. After being prescribed butalbital, I realized that it does nothing for the headache or pain. Any recommendations?
LOTS OF CHOICES: To prevent headaches, which may be your best choice, try depakote, beta-blockers, topirimate, or otc like riboflavin, coq-10, butterbur, feverfew, or botox. Butalbital not a great choice, as triptans work best (imitrex, relpax, (eletriptan) frova, zomig, maxalt, etc) and ergotamines may help. Also, Cambia and dolovent might be useful. ...Read more
I have a migrain that's lasted two days now. Acentomeophen pills 500mgs at 11am this morning and its 2:23 pm now would it be okay to take butalbital?
For migraines: Metoprolol may be used to decrease attacks of migraine and butalbital along with tylenol, (acetaminophen) Aspirin or caffeine may be used to relive pain from an attack. I think it should be okay to use them together if need arises. Be aware that butalbital may have an addictive potential. ...Read more
Yes: This medication can cause nervousness, difficulty sleeping, and nausea. If you are taking it for migraine headaches, it can actually worsen your headaches. You should make a daily log of your headaches (timing, duration, intensity, location), and take the log with you to see a neurologist, who can help discuss the optimal treatment approach with you. Http://www. Ccjm. Org/content/77/4/236.full ...Read more
Why might someone whom we suspect stole a Duragesic (fentanyl) patch test very high for butalbital?
I just looked at a list of interactions for the implanon and I saw butalbital. I've been on it since 2011; should I see a doctor?
OCP: Can decreased efficacy of the ocp. Also can decrease efficacy of seizure controlled by the butalbital. Talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more
Generic fiorinal (aspirin butalbital and caffeine) if taken more time in less the time recommended could it have serious or permanent damages?
Generic or brand: Should be used short term and taken as prescribed. ...Read more