Fioricet is a prescription drug which is used to relieve headaches that are caused by contraction of muscles in the neck, head and areas around the shoulder. This relaxant and pain reliever is a strong, non-narcotic drug that contains butalbital, acetaminophen and caffeine. The acetaminophen relieves pain and reduces fever; the butalbital relaxes contracting muscles that can cause headaches while the caffeine which stimulates the nervous system also relaxes the contracting muscles that are in the blood vessels to enhance the flow of blood.
Users can get mentally or physically dependent on this drug because of its butalbital component. This is common in instances where the drug is taken in doses that are higher than the recommended ones after a long period of time.
When Taking Fioricet you should avoid taking more than what the doctor prescribes for you. When you forget to take a dose, you should make sure that you take it immediately you remember. A missed dose can be skipped if you remember when it is time for your next one. Two doses of this drug should never be taken at the same time. Fioricet should be stored in a container that is light resistant at room temperature.
It is not possible to anticipate side effects therefore if you get any while taking fioricet or they become intense, you should inform your physician immediately. This is important so that the doctor can determine whether you should continue taking the prescription. Some of the common side effects that are associated with Fioricet include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and shortness of breath, drowsiness, dizziness, abdominal pain and a feeling of intoxication.
If you are allergic to caffeine, acetaminophen or barbiturates, it is advisable that you avoid this medication. Inform the doctor about any reactions that you have before you get the prescription. Those who have porphyria which is a metabolic disorder that is inherited and affects the liver or the bone marrow should avoid fioricet unless advised to take it by a doctor.
This drug should not be taken if you are going to participate in activities that require you to be fully alert mentally. This is because this drug can make you drowsy or less alert when driving or when you are operating heavy machinery. If you have severe depression or have a history of this condition you should inform your doctor. Users who are elderly, weak, have kidney or liver problems or those with severe problems with their abdomens should take caution when using the drug.