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Fioricet Addiction In Children
Can you tell me how to ease addiction to fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) (the generic is butalbital) please help?
Addiction Medicine: I would suggest working with an addiction medicine physician on this. As you know, Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) has a barbiturate in it. You might also consider finding a regular narcotics anonymous meeting to attend for additional support: http://www. Na.Org/ best wishes. ...Read more
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more
Like barbiturates: Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) has butalbital, - an old sedative, which is very addictive. You are addicted if you need to take more and more to achieve the same result and if you have withdrawals from not taking the next dose. I treat this addiction by prescribing 3 generics instead of Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) and then first substituting components and them weaning slowly from each component. ...Read more
What is the definition or description of: Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) addiction?
Is safe to take Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) just as need it?, or should be part of a treatment? I am really afraid of addictions
Yes: Take as prescribed and don't stay on it long (less than 6 months) and you should be fine. ...Read more
Sedative withdrawal: Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) contains the sedative-hypnotic butalbital, caffeine, and acetaminophen. Although one can become habituated to caffeine, the butalbital is the more dangerously addictive component. For this component, the physician can use a longer-acting medication like Phenobarbital and slowly taper from that. Find an addiction medicine physician: http://www. Asam. Org. ...Read more
Are there effective alternative therapies for fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) addiction?
How can I find a medical doctor to assist my wife in getting off of fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine)? Our rural area does not have addiction services
Addiction Medicine: There may be a physician trained in addiction medicine in your vicinity, even if there are no inpatient programs nearby. You can check the american society for addiction medicine web site's "find a physician" search engine: http://community. Asam. Org/search/default. Asp? M=basic some of these physicians are psychiatrists, but other backgrounds are there also. ...Read more
Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine): Yes, yes it can be very addictive it has butalbitol in it. ...Read more
Yes, but wean down: Yes, the Fioricet will stop headaches that occur, while the topamax (topiramate) will keep them from coming on in the first place. That being said, if you are still using the Fioricet on a regular basis, you should definitely look into alternative medications- Fioricet has been shown to greatly increase the risk of medication overuse headache, which is very difficulty to treat. ...Read more
Risky combination: Fioricet is a barbiturate, and large doses can interfere with breathing. Ambien (zolpidem) plus Fioricet causes marked drowsiness. Putting all together, you could sleep so soundly that there could be risk of aspiration, but if you have any sleep apnea, respiratory drive might be substantially suppressed. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more
The use of: Zoloft and Fioricet can increase the side effects causing drowsiness, confusion, difficulty concentrating and in elderly people can cause poor motor coordination impaired thinking and judgement. If possible, do not use at the same time. If you have severe headache, take the Fioricet and take the Zoloft 24 hours later. ...Read more
I have a migraine headache. I'm out of my migraine medication. I take fioricet. Can this med be prescribed through this service. I do have an appointm?
I don't think so:
Because it contains butalbital, a controlled substance.
You might want to try to find my checklist for Managing migraines, which contains many suggestions for dealing with them without prescription medication. The most effective OTC medication is motion sickness medicine such as dramamine. We give something like this IV in the ED and it works wonderfully. Good luck! ...Read more
I am getting migraines daily! Maxalt (rizatriptan) & fioricet take edge off, but sure have daily havebrewing migraines! What options should I discuss w neuro?
I would try and avoid taking up to 3000mg of tylenol on a regular basis regardless of what source. While 3000mg/24 is an accepted dosing amount. The potential for cumulative toxicity is still significant especially if you take it regularly. Also, be very cautious if you have liver problems, consume alcohol or take other medications metabolized in the liver.
Hope that helps. ...Read more
Stopped fioricet/codeine 90 pills a month to 30 pills in one month. Withdrawals in morning till I take 1 pill, then good all day, is this normal?
Withdrawal: In order to prevent or diminish symptoms of withdrawal attributed to butalbital which is found in fioricet, (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) a person must taper down the dose he or she takes. Than one has decreased to one pill per day is a good indication that the taper down regimen is working since you are only taking onepill per day. ...Read more
Would it be safe for me to take trazodone 50 mg and robaxin (methocarbamol) 500 mg five hours after having taken one capsule of fioricet? (Prescribed separately)
I've had migraines since January and tried fioricet and imitrex (sumatriptan) but it didn't help and I'm 16 years old. Can it be something serious? What should I do
No: No, but it can happen. If it does, shouldn't take. ...Read more
Is fioricet (plain) and norco10/325 a good combination for tension/migraines? It seems to be the only thing that has worked for me. My new dr disagrees
Not a good plan: Fioricet ; Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) are habit-forming medications, and migraine can be a very long-term problem. Beyond conventional meds, many nutritional interventions may help, such as adding magnesium. Coq10, riboflavin (vit b2), and herbal feverfew. Eliminate coffee/caffeine, and monitor your diet for food sensitivities. Biofeedback and other mind-body approaches can help too. Http://tinyurl. Com/y883ulg. ...Read more
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How could I be addicted to fioricet but have been taking Xanax (alprazolam) for panic and have never abused it/felt the urge?
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. ...Read more