Fiorinal

Generic Name: Butalbital

  • What is Fiorinal?

    Fiorinal is a medicine used to relieve the symptoms associated with tension (or muscle contraction) headache. Fiorinal contains three medications: butalbital, aspirin, and caffeine.

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

    Fiorinal can cause serious bleeding in patients with stomach ulcers and severe allergic reactions resulting from the aspirin ingredient.

    Fiorinal is habit-forming and has abuse potential. Mental and physical dependence can occur with the use of Fiorinal when it is used for long periods of time. Do not take this medication at higher doses or more frequently than prescribed by your doctor. Take Fiorinal exactly as prescribed. Do not exceed the amount or frequency of the dose prescribed by your doctor.

  • Who should not take Fiorinal?

    Do not take Fiorinal if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Do not take Fiorinal if you have porphyria (a blood disorder that interferes with how your body produces heme, which is the oxygen-carrying component of your red blood cells), have or had an allergic reaction to aspirin or any other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (such as ibuprofen) causing swelling of your face or difficulty breathing, have a stomach ulcer, or a disorder that affects your blood clotting process.

    When aspirin is given to children and teenagers suffering from flu or chickenpox, it can cause a neurological disease called Reye's syndrome (a potentially fatal disease of the brain and liver that most commonly occurs in children after a viral infection, such as chickenpox). Therefore, do not use Fiorinal under these circumstances.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Fiorinal. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have aspirin allergy; porphyria or other bleeding disorders; liver or kidney disease; head injury; thyroid, urethral, prostate, or adrenal gland problems; asthma; stomach ulcers or any other stomach problems.

  • 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 recommended dose is 1-2 capsules every 4 hours.

  • How should I take Fiorinal?

    Take Fiorinal exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take more than 6 capsules of Fiorinal in 1 day.

  • What should I avoid while taking Fiorinal?

    Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Fiorinal.

    Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how Fiorinal affects you.

    Do not take other aspirin-containing products.

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

    If Fiorinal 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 Fiorinal with the following: alcohol, blood thinners (such as warfarin), corticosteroids (such as prednisone), insulin, mercaptopurine, methotrexate, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), a class of drugs used to treat depression and other psychiatric conditions (such as phenelzine), narcotic pain relievers (such as codeine or morphine), NSAIDs, oral diabetes medications (such as glyburide), probenecid, sleeping pills, sulfinpyrazone, tranquilizers (such as alprazolam, chlordiazepoxide, or diazepam), or other medications that slow down your brain function.

  • What are the possible side effects of Fiorinal?

    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: dizziness, drowsiness, gas, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting

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

    The effects of Fiorinal during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Fiorinal can be found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. 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 Fiorinal?

    Fiorinal should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor. If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

  • How should I store Fiorinal?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from moisture.