COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Esgic, Fioricet
medication contains a narcotic pain reliever, acetaminophen
(a non-aspirin pain reliever), caffeine and butalbital.
Caffeine is used to enhance pain relief, especially in certain
types of headaches. Butalbital Fioricet provides a calming
effect. This combination medication is used to relieve moderate
to severe pain like tension headaches.
How to use
Fioricet: To prevent upset stomach, take fioricet
with food or milk. Take Fioricet as prescribed by your doctor.
Do not increase your dose or take it more frequently without
your doctor's approval.
Effects: Fioricet may cause lightheadedness, dizziness,
drowsiness, stomach upset, nausea, and sleeping disturbances
the first few days as your body adjusts to the medication.
If these symptoms persist or become bothersome, inform your
doctor. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop: a
rapid/ irregular heartbeat. An allergic reaction to fioricet
is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it
occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash,
itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your
doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: serious
liver disease, alcohol or narcotic dependence, emotional/mental
conditions, heart disease (arrhythmias, recent MI), stomach/intestinal
ulcers, any allergies. Acetaminophen may cause liver damage.
Daily use of alcohol, especially when combined with acetaminophen,
may increase your risk for liver damage. Check with your
doctor or pharmacist for more information on Butalbital
Fioricet. To prevent overdosage, avoid using alcohol and
other sedative type medications while taking this. This
drug may make you dizzy or drowsy; use caution engaging
in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using
machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages. This fioricet contains
caffeine. Avoid drinking large amounts of caffeinated beverages
while taking this prescrption drug as excessive nervousness
and irritability can occur. Fioricet should be used during
pregnancy only if clearly needed. Small amounts of this
medication appear in breast milk. Consult your doctor before
Fioricet Drug Interactions:
Tell your doctor of all prescription and non prescription
drugs you may take including those that cause drowsiness
such as: medicine for sleep, sedatives, tranquilizers, anti-anxiety
drugs, narcotic pain relievers, psychiatric medicines or
tricyclics, anti-seizure drugs, muscle relaxants, antihistamines
that cause drowsiness. Because fioricet contains acetaminophen,
check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking other
medications containing acetaminophen which is commonly found
in non-prescription pain relievers and cough and cold products.
This drug may interfere with the effectiveness of birth
control pills. Discuss using other methods of birth control
with your doctor. Do not start or stop any medicine without
doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control
center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose
may include vomiting, unusual drowsiness, lack of feeling
alert, slow or shallow breathing, cold or clammy skin, loss
of consciousness, dark urine, stomach pain, and extreme
Dose: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered;
do not take if it is almost time for the next fioricet dose,
instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing
schedule. Do not double-up the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and sunlight.
Do not store in the bathroom.
This information is intended to supplement, not substitute
for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist
or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed
to indicate that use of the drug Butalbital Fioricet is
safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Do not share this
product with others and consult your healthcare professional
before using this drug.