Generic Name(s): Acetaminophen, butalbital, caffeine
Drug Class: Barbiturate, Central Nervous System Stimulant, Methylxanthine
Treats: Head ache, fever, migraines.
Fioricet is a combination drug of butalbital, acetaminophen and caffeine. It is orally administered, and it is normally available in form of tablets. Fioricet is used to relieve pain and also abbreviate fever. Patients who are allergic to any of the drug compounders or who are known to have consumed alcohol in a while, sedatives, or other narcotic drugs are advised to avoid this medication.
Fioricet is a medicine used in the treatment of tension headaches. More specifically, the medicine is used to treat those headaches caused by muscle contractions. Fioricet may also be used for purposes not listed in this guide, at the discretion of the prescriber.
Fioricet has three active ingredients – acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine – each of which works by different yet complementary means. Acetaminophen is used to relieve pain, whereas butalbital is a barbiturate responsible for relaxing muscle contractions. Caffeine is used as a stimulant, something which relaxes blood flow in the brain.
Fioricet is also associated with its own range of potential side effects. Among these include drowsiness, dizziness, anxiety, and insomnia. Patients may also experience more severe side effects such as faintness, confusion, and seizures.