Fioricet

(butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine)

4.3/ 5 average rating with 17 reviewsforFioricet
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Treats some serious headaches.

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Our bottom line

Fioricet (butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine) works well for tension headaches, but isn’t typically recommeneded as a first-line treatment due to the ability to overuse it and have withdrawal symptoms.

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Quick facts about Fioricet
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine)

Upsides

  • Fioricet (butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine) works better and faster in treating tension headaches than the combination of acetaminophen and codeine.
  • Fioricet (butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine) has a cheaper, generic version.
  • Fioricet (butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine) does not require dosage adjustments if you have kidney and liver problems.
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People’s experience with Fioricet

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Downsides

  • Fioricet (butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine) isn't the first choice medication for treating tension headaches.
  • Fioricet (butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine) is not a good medication for long-term use.
  • Overuse of Fioricet (butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine) can lead to chronic tension headaches.
  • Fioricet (butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine) can cause dangerous withdrawal symptoms, intoxication, and dependence.
  • Taking Fioricet (butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine) can decrease your ability to drive a car, or operate machinery.
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How it works

Fioricet (butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine) is a combination of three medications. Butalbital is a barbiturate that relaxes you. Acetaminophen relieves pain, and caffeine narrows the blood vessels that contribute to headaches.

Quick facts about Fioricet
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine)

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People’s experience with Fioricet

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What to expect when you take Fioricet (butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine) for Muscle contraction headache

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  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Stomach pain
  • Dizziness
  • Intoxicated feeling
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Risks and Warnings for Fioricet (butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Drinking more than 2 alcoholic beverages a day
    • Taking Fioricet (butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine) with other acetaminophen-containing medicines
    • History of liver disease

    Fioricet (butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine) contains acetaminophen, also known as Tylenol or APAP. Taking too much acetaminophen causes liver damage that can be permanent and life-threatening. Using more than 4000 mg of the acetaminophen can cause serious harm to your liver, so be sure not to take more than the recommended dose of Fioricet (butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine) or other medications that contain acetaminophen.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Fioricet (butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine)

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Alcohol
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Fioriceton 6/27/2016Just be careful and not drink alcohol or take other pain relievers at the same time.
    66
    Woman
    Tension headache
Kidneys and liver
  • Fioricet (butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine) does not require dosage adjustments if you have kidney and liver problems.
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Fioriceton 3/30/2017Wish I knew about liver disease. I have one kidney and my PCP hasn't done any regular blood tests , I hope my organs are okay ! I've taken 4-5 pills for the past 5 years without any issues. A real great painkiller for neck/headache pain.
    53
    Man
    Two years or more
    Muscle contraction
Pain
  • Not worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Fioriceton 9/2/2017Use natural remedies along with diet to control pain onset & spikes.
    59
    Man
    A few months
    Tension headache