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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?

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

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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 ?

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

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Is fioricet with codeine (acetaminophen butalbital caffeine and codeine) better than 222 pills?

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

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I heard that taking fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) and birth control pills can be bad?

I heard that taking fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) and birth control pills can be bad?

Not recommended: When these two medicines are mixed together, the amount of the estrogen in birth control pills is increased and the effectiveness of hormonal birth control is decreased, thus could cause pregnancy. ...Read more

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Please can I get some advice?, i heard that taking fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) and birth control pills can be bad?

Please can I get some advice?, i heard that taking fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) and birth control pills can be bad?

Birth control pills: may not work as well while you are taken Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine). Some birth control pills will increase effect of Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) oral by altering drug metabolism. To prevent pregnancy, use an additional form of birth control. Take care. ...Read more

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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

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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Can I tak depakote 250 and fioricet 300-50-40 together?

Can I tak depakote 250 and fioricet 300-50-40 together?

There is interaction: According to FDA there is drug interaction and it depends on how long you are going to take them together.Discuss with your Doctor or pharmacist before you take them together ...Read more

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Taking topamax (topiramate) with fioricet, is this okay?

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

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Can I take Tylenol extra strength with fioricet if I don't exceed 3000/24 hours?

Can I take Tylenol extra strength with fioricet if I don't exceed 3000/24 hours?

Be cautious: 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

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Is there a fioricet or fiorinal available without caffeine? It jazzes me up so much.

Is there a fioricet or fiorinal available without caffeine? It jazzes me up so much.

Yes: Phrenilin is just butallbital/acetaminophen. While fioricet has butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine. Not sure how many pharmacies stock it. It might be special order. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Might i take fioricet and vistaril (hydroxyzine) together?

Why ?: If there is a pain problem , what is the cause of the pain and treat the cause so that it will go away. Pain medication blocks symptoms and too much can cause more problems you need another opinion as to what is the cause of your problems and getting them resolved. ...Read more

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Can i take 5mg of Ambien (zolpidem) and fioricet (without codeine) together?

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

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Is it true that Zoloft reduces the effect of Fioricet? How many hours apart should i take them?

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

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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 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