Fioricet

Generic Name: Acetaminophen

  • What is Fioricet?

    Fioricet is used for the relief of headaches.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Fioricet?

    Butalbital, one of the drugs found in Fioricet, is habit-forming and has potential for abuse. Extended use is not recommended.

    Fioricet can affect your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. Do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking Fioricet until you know how this drug affects you.

    Avoid alcohol and other drugs that affect your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) because they can further affect your ability to concentrate.

  • Who should not take Fioricet?

    Do not take Fioricet if you are allergic to butalbital, acetaminophen, or caffeine.

    Do not take Fioricet if you have an inherited disorder that affects the liver or bone marrow (porphyria).

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Fioricet?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Fioricet. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have porphyria, kidney or liver disease, a history of prior substance abuse, if you drink alcohol, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual dose of Fioricet is 1 or 2 tablets taken every 4 hours as needed. One tablet contains 50 milligrams (mg) of butalbital, 325 mg of acetaminophen, and 40 mg of caffeine. Do not take more than 6 tablets per day.

    Elderly: Your doctor may prescribe a lower dose than the usual recommended dose to suit your needs.

    Children: Fioricet is not recommended in children <12 years old.

  • How should I take Fioricet?

    Take Fioricet exactly as prescribed. Do not increase the amount you take without your doctor's approval. Do not take more than 6 tablets per day.

  • What should I avoid while taking Fioricet?

    Fioricet can cause drowsiness or dizziness. Avoid driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities while taking Fioricet.

    Avoid taking Fioricet with medications that affect your concentration, such as other narcotic pain relievers, general anesthetics, sleeping pills, anti-allergy medications, sedative-hypnotics, and tranquilizers (such as chlordiazepoxide). These may cause further drowsiness.

    Do not drink alcohol while taking Fioricet. Doing so may result in increased drowsiness and dizziness.

    Avoid taking other medications that contain acetaminophen, such as Tylenol. Avoid taking too much caffeine.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Fioricet?

    If Fioricet is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Fioricet with any of the following: alcohol, general anesthetics, antidepressant medications in a class called monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors such as phenelzine and tranylcypromine, narcotic pain relievers such as codeine or propoxyphene, other medicines that affect your brain and spinal cord (CNS depressants), sedative-hypnotics, and tranquilizers such as chlordiazepoxide.

  • What are the possible side effects of Fioricet?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: fatal skin reactions, seizure, confusion, depression, excitement, stomach pain, dizziness, drowsiness, intoxicated feeling, lightheadedness, nausea, sedation, shortness of breath, vomiting, excessive sweating

  • Can I receive Fioricet if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Fioricet during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while taking Fioricet. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Fioricet?

    Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Fioricet?

    Store at room temperature in a tight, light-resistant container.

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