Mental and physical dependence can occur with the use of barbiturates such as butalbital when these drugs are taken in higher than recommended doses over long periods of time.
It combines a sedative barbiturate (butalbital), a non-aspirin pain reliever (acetaminophen), and caffeine.
Fioricet, a strong, non-narcotic pain reliever and relaxant, is prescribed for the relief of tension headache symptoms caused by muscle contractions in the head, neck, and shoulder area.
Fioricet side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
More common side effects may include:
- Shortness of breath;
- Intoxicated feeling;
- Abdominal pain;
Less common or rare side effects may include:
- Stuffy nose;
- Skin redness and/or peeling;
- Shaky feeling;
- Ringing in the ears;
- Rapid heartbeat;
- Muscle fatigue;
- Mental confusion;
- Leg pain;
- Hot spells;
- High energy;
- Heavy eyelids;
- Excessive urination;
- Excessive sweating;
- Exaggerated feeling of well-being;
- Dry mouth;
- Difficulty swallowing;
- Allergic reactions;
Fioricet is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you are being treated for severe depression or have a history of severe depression or drug abuse;
- If you are elderly or in a weakened condition;
- If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to barbiturates, acetaminophen, or caffeine;
- If you have liver or kidney problems;
- If you have porphyria (an inherited metabolic disorder affecting the liver or bone marrow);
- If you have severe abdominal trouble;
Do not take Fioricet with any of the following drugs:
- Tranquilizers such as xanax and valium;
- Sleep aids such as halcion;
- Narcotic pain relievers such as darvon;
- Muscle relaxants such as flexeril;
- Major tranquilizers such as haldol and thorazine;
- Drugs to treat depression such as elavil;
- Drugs known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors, including the antidepressants nardil and parnate;
- Antihistamines such as benadryl;
The usual dose of Esgic-Plus is 1 tablet every 4 hours as needed. Do not take more than 6 tablets a day.
The usual dose of Fioricet is 1 or 2 tablets taken every 4 hours as needed. Do not exceed a total dose of 6 tablets per day.
Therefore, your doctor will prescribe a dose individualized to suit your needs.
Fioricet may cause excitement, depression, and confusion in older people.
The safety and effectiveness of Fioricet have not been established in children under 12 years of age.
Symptoms of barbiturate poisoning may include:
- Slow or troubled breathing;
- Low blood pressure;
Symptoms of liver damage include:
- Feeling of bodily discomfort;
- Excess perspiration;