What is Fioricet?
Fioricet is an analgesic, barbiturate, and stimulant combination used to
relieve complex tension (muscle contraction) headaches. Precisely how
the combination works is still unknown.
What are the most common side
effects of Fioricet?
Serious side effects of Fioricet include (but are not limited to):
an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat;
swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives); slow, weak breathing;
liver damage (yellowing of the skin or eyes, nausea, abdominal pain or
discomfort, unusual bleeding or bruising, severe fatigue); blood
problems (easy or unusual bleeding or bruising); low blood sugar
(fatigue, increased hunger or thirst, dizziness, or fainting.
Continue to take Fioricet if you
experience drowsiness; dizziness, confusion or lightheadedness shortness
of breath, dry mouth; nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or decreased
appetite, tiredness, leg pain, or muscle weakness; agitation,
irritability, nervousness, anxiety or excitability rash or itching,
feeling of intoxication, headache; or constipation and contact your
physician. Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur.
How do I take Fioricet?
Fioricet should be taken according to your physician’s directions. Take
each dose of Fioricet with a full glass of water.
What if I miss a dose?
Do not take a double dose of Fioricet. Take the missed dose of
Fioricet as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next
dose, skip the missed dose and go back to taking Fioricet on your
regular dosing schedule.
Are there any drug interactions with
Do not take Fioricet if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor
in the last 14 days. Acetaminophen and butalbital may increase the
effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants,
alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), other pain
relievers, anxiety medicines, and muscle relaxants. Tell your doctor
about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any medicine
unless your doctor approves. Many other medicines contain acetaminophen,
especially over-the-counter pain, fever, cold, and allergy medications.
Too much acetaminophen can be very dangerous. Drugs other than those
listed here may also interact with Fioricet. Talk to your doctor and
pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicine.
Is there any additional information
about Fioricet that I should know?
Avoid sleeping pills, antihistamines, sedatives, and tranquilizers
except under the supervision of your doctor. These may also make you
drowsy Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing
other hazardous activities. Butalbital will cause drowsiness or
dizziness. Avoid alcohol. Alcohol taken during therapy with
acetaminophen and butalbital can be very damaging to your liver and can
increase drowsiness and dizziness. Never take more Fioricet than is
prescribed for you. If your pain is not being adequately treated, talk
to your doctor.
How should I store Fioricet?
Store Fioricet at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep
out of reach of children.