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Fioricet Without Caffeine
How could long term fioricet / fiorinal (aspirin butalbital and caffeine) users or abusers affect someone?
Many Ways: Aside from the likely liver or kidney damage from the Aspirin or tylenol (acetaminophen) contained in these combinations, assuming that you were taking the meds for headache, you will probably develop medication overuse headache. There is also the possibility of developing a barbiturate dependence which could lead to seizures if you stopped the drug suddenly. ...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
Why would fiorinal (aspirin butalbital and caffeine) be considered a controlled substance while fioricet is not?
Good question: Not sure why it would not be a schedule 3 controlled substance. The abusable substance is the butalbatol which is a barbiturate. I do not know why it is not scheduled. It should be. Perhaps the dea can give you an answer. ...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
Fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine): Yes, yes it can be very addictive it has butalbitol in it. ...Read more