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Is Fioricet A Narcotic
A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I am getting migraines daily! Maxalt (rizatriptan) & fioricet take edge off, but sure have daily havebrewing migraines! What options should i discuss w neuro?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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