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Fioricet is the brand name of a type of drug used to treat headaches caused by tension and muscle contractions. The medicine is also used for treating migraines and other pain related ailments. It is a combination of acetaminophen, butalbital and caffeine and these chemicals affect the brain individually to bring the desired results. Butalbital is a depressant but in very high doses, affects the CNS peripherally; acetaminophen is an analgesic and also has antipyretic properties, while caffeine constricts the blood vessels in the brain. However, the prostaglandin synthetase enzyme complex can bring down acetominophen’s analgesic effects.

Information you should know

The active ingredients in Fioricet are acetaminophen (relieves pain and reduces fever), Butalbital (a type of barbiturates for relaxing down the central nervous system; the brain and the nerve impulses) and caffeine (shrinks dilated blood-carrying vessels in the brain); together, they are helpful in relieving complex tension headaches caused by muscle contraction, though their exact mode of function is yet to be found out after which, we may expect FDA to approve its use.

Fioricet, because of its ingredients, may cause drowsiness and an overall dizzy feeling. Hence, it is advised to stay away from activities that require a lot of concentration and focus apart from physical power. Moreover, one should also avoid sleeping pills, sedatives, antihistamines and tranquilizers if not recommended by the doctor. The medicine also requires a person to avoid alcohol; it has been found to be damaging to the liver if taken during Fioricet therapy. Any product with acetaminophen content must also be avoided if not prescribed by the doctor; exceeding 4 grams i.e. 4000 mg of acetaminophen can damage nerves. Lastly, care should be taken that Fioricet does not become habit forming. Side effects like allergic reactions resulting from the conflict with monoamine oxidase inhibitors,
immediate medical help is advised.

Ladies who are breast-feeding are advised to avoid this drug; the combination of chemicals has been found to pass into breast milk that might create adverse conditions for nursing infants. However, the drug has been approved for use in children aged 12 years and above.

Directions for taking Fioricet

This medication is habit forming and should only be used under close supervision. It is also important that the drug is not to be continued beyond the recommended period of medication; it is advised that the dosage amount and frequency is not to be exceeded as well. One needs to consult a physician before starting off with this drug if the person is accustomed to more than three alcoholic beverages every day and if there is any prior record of an alcohol-generated liver disorder. Under normal conditions, the normal adult dosage for Fioricet is 1 to 2 tablets once in four hours but must not exceed beyond six tablets a day. If taking the medication with water creates any stomach disorders, it is recommended with either milk or food; upon missing a dosage, it should be taken immediately upon remembering, if
it’s not close to the next dosage time.


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