If you suffer from tension headaches, your doctor may prescribe a drug known as fioricet. This medication is actually a combination of three main ingredients: acetaminophen (325mg), butalbital (50mg) and caffeine (40 mg). Fioricet is a barbiturate that relieves pain, reduces fever and relaxes muscle contractions associated with tension headaches. Caffeine in the medication improves the flow of blood, relaxes muscle contractions within the blood vessels and stimulates your central nervous system.
Benefits Of Fioricet
- Alleviates migraines
- Treats tension headaches
- Reduces fever
- Minimizes pain
How It Works
Fioricet is a barbiturate that combines three different drugs. It is commonly prescribed to treat painful tension headaches or reduce the pain of migraines. Acetaminophen is one of the ingredients, which is used to reduce pain and fever. Caffeine is the second ingredient, and it relaxes muscle contractions and increases blood flow. It also increases the effectiveness of the acetaminophen. Butalbital is the third ingredient; this sedative relaxes the muscles.
You can choose to take fioricet with or without food, although eating beforehand may reduce the risk of stomach irritation. Avoid alcoholic drinks when taking the medication to reduce the risk of liver damage. Always take the exact dosage prescribed by your doctor, and never take 2 doses at the same time if you happen to forget a dose. If it is close to your next dose, just skip the missed dose and resume your regular schedule. Taking a higher dose of fioricet can result in damage to your liver. Never take more than 6 tablets or 4 grams of the drug in one day. It is also not recommended to suddenly stop taking fioricet without consulting with a doctor. You will likely be prescribed a gradually lower dose of this medication, which can become addictive. In addition, fioricet should be stored at room temperature, away from both moisture and heat.
Possible Side Effects
Fioricet can cause possible minor side effects, including stomach pain, anxiety, light-headedness, dry mouth, loss of appetite, headaches, confusion, dizziness, and nausea. However, if you suffer any of the following serious side effects, be sure to seek immediate medical attention: uneven or rapid heartbeat, flu-like symptoms, dark urine, chills, extreme weakness, clay-colored stools or jaundice.