What is Fioricet?
Fioricet headache pills (Butalbital/Caffeine/Acetaminophen) are an analgesic,
barbiturate, and stimulant combination used to relieve complex tension
(muscle contraction) headaches. Precisely how the combination works is
What are the most common side effects
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
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.