Butalbital is one of the main ingredients in the brand name drug, Fioricet. It is a sedative that is helps people to relax and sleep better as well as alleviate anxiety. Your doctor may also prescribe Butalbital to help you reduce the pain of migraines.
How It Works
Butalbital is a barbiturate that affects the brain, thus reducing anxiety and relaxing the muscles. When taken with the drug acetaminophen, it can be used to alleviate muscle tension and treat mild to moderate pain caused by headaches.
Benefits of Butalbital
- Treats tension headaches
- Helps with sleep and relaxation
- Reduces anxiety
You should follow the instructions on your prescription, although this drug is normally taken every 4 hours. You can take Butalbital with food or without, but be sure to measure the dose with a measuring spoon if you take the liquid form. Otherwise, you risk taking too high of a dose if you use a regular spoon. It is also recommended to take Butalbital as soon as you first experience symptoms of a headache.
Please be aware that this drug may be addictive. Therefore, don’t take the medication without talking to your doctor beforehand if you have suffered any drug or alcohol addictions in the past.
Possible Side Effects
If you take a high dose of Butalbital or for lengthy periods, you may suffer symptoms of withdrawal. For example, if you suddenly decide to stop taking the drug, you may experience seizures, vomiting, mood changes or nausea. Therefore, it is recommended to talk to your doctor first and gradually reduce the dose. You should also talk to your doctor if your headaches become worse or increase in number after taking Butalbital.