Uses and Indications for Fioricet

Fioricet is available either in a tablet or a capsule form, and is also available in a liquid. The usual dose of Fioricet for adults is one or two tablets or capsules every four hours, but not to be taken more than six tablets every 24 hours.

The maximum dose in a 24 hour period for an adult is 4,000 milligrams, or 4 grams. Fioricet tablets are available in bottles of 100 or 500 pills.

Take Fioricet with a glass of water, and with or without food. If this medication gives you an upset stomach, you can take it with food or milk.

If using the liquid form of Fioricet, make sure to use a specially designed spoon or measuring device, not a common household spoon, because a kitchen spoon may not give you the proper dose amount. The dosage prescribed by your physician takes into account you response to medical treatments, your age and your medical condition.

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The acetaminophen portion of the tablet is an analgesic, meaning that it reduces pain. The butalbital relaxes the muscle contractions that may occur with a headache, decreases feelings of anxiety, and makes the patient sleepy. The caffeine part of the Fioricet tablet may constrict the blood vessels in the brain and helps increase the overall effect of the acetaminophen.

Take Fioricet at the first sign of an oncoming headache. If you get advance warning signs of a migraine, such as an aura, take this medication as soon as you are sure you are having a migraine, and you may not even experience a headache.

If you wait until the headache gets worse, this drug may not work as effectively to block the pain. Because this medication is typically taken in an "as needed" situation, you usually do not have a schedule. If your physician wants you to take Fioricet on a regular schedule, and you miss a dose, take the next dose as soon as you can, unless you are close to the next scheduled time to take this medication, and then just take your next scheduled dose. Do not double up on dosages.

Because Fioricet can cause addiction, take this drug exactly as prescribed by your physician. Do not take this medication for more than two headache sessions per week.

If you notice that the pain of your headaches is getting worse, or your headaches are occurring more frequently, inform your doctor. Your physician may have to increase the strength of your Fioricet prescription or write a prescription for a different drug to handle headaches. Do not increase the amount of Fioricet you take on your own; only take the dosage amount recommended by your physician.

To avoid withdrawal symptoms, Fioricet should be stopped gradually, not all at once. This is especially true for people taking large doses of Fioricet, or who use this drug for long periods of time. Withdrawal symptoms for people who take Fioricet include seizures, mood swings and vomiting or feelings of nausea.

Because Fioricet can make people drowsy, do not use machinery, drive or perform any activity for which you need to be alert, until you understand the effect this medication has on your system.

Store Fioricet away from light and dampness and at room temperature (below 86 F or 30 C). Do not keep this medication in the bathroom or near the kitchen sink, because heat and humidity may cause this medication to break down.

Also, keep this medication away from freezing temperatures. Do not dispose of this drug down the drain, or flush it down the toilet. Instead, talk to your pharmacist, your physician or your waste disposal company about options for disposing of unwanted or outdated medications.

Like all medications, keep Fioricet away from pets and children. Because butalbital is a potential addictive drug, you should keep track of the levels of drug within each new bottle of medication to make sure only you are using this drug. Never share Fioricet with anyone else.

Fioricet is available in the following prescription drug brand names: Repan, Dolgic Plus, Anoquan, Two-Dyne, Amaphen, Esgic, Ezol, Alagesic, Tencet, Butace, Margesic, Americet, Esgic Plus, Isocet, Anolor-300, Dolgic LQ, Endolor, Fioricet (in the old formulation), Arcet, Fioricet (new formulation), Pharmagesic, Triad, Pacaps, Geone, Anolor, Phrenilin with Codeine and Caffeine, Dolmar, Zebutal, Capacet, Fioricet with Codeine, Medigesic, Orbivan, Endolor and Femcet.

The generic form of Fioricet is known as butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine-oral.

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