What is Fioricet and why is it prescribed?
Fioricet is a strong, non-narcotic pain reliever and relaxant prescribed for the relief of tension headache symptoms caused by muscle contractions in the head, neck, and shoulder area. It combines a sedative barbiturate (Butalbital), a non-aspirin pain reliever (Acetaminophen), and caffeine. Mental and physical dependence can occur with the use of barbiturates such as Fioricet when these drugs are taken in higher than recommended doses over long periods of time.

How should you take Fioricet?
Follow your doctors directions for taking Fioricet. Do not increase the amount of Fioricet you take without your doctor's approval. If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take two doses at the same time. Store Fioricet at room temperature in a tight, light-resistant container.

Are there any Fioricet side effects?
Fioricet side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. More common Fioricet side effects may include abdominal pain, dizziness, drowsiness, intoxicated feeling, light-headedness, nausea, sedation, shortness of breath, and vomiting. Less common or rare Fioricet side effects may include agitation, allergic reactions, constipation, depression, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, earache, exaggerated feeling of well-being, excessive sweating, excessive urination, excitement, fainting, fatigue, fever, flatulence, headache, heartburn, heavy eyelids, high energy, hot spells, itching, leg pain, mental confusion, muscle fatigue, numbness, rapid heartbeat, ringing in the ears, seizure, shaky feeling, skin redness and/or peeling, sluggishness, stuffy nose, and tingling.

What are the possible food and drug interactions when taking Fioricet?
If Fioricet is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Be sure to inform your doctor of all the prescription and over the counter medications you are taking. Fioricet slows the central nervous system (CNS) and intensifies the effects of alcohol and other CNS depressants. Use of alcohol with Fioricet may also cause overdose symptoms. Avoid alcoholic beverages while taking Fioricet. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Fioricet with Antihistamines (such as Benadryl), Drugs known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (including the antidepressants Nardil and Parnate), Drugs to treat depression (such as Elavil), Major tranquilizers (such as Haldol and Thorazine), Muscle relaxants (such as Flexeril), Narcotic pain relievers (such as Darvon), Sleep aids (such as Halcion), or Tranquilizers (such as Xanax and Valium).

Are there any special warnings about Fioricet?
Fioricet may cause you to become drowsy or less alert. If you are being treated for severe depression or have a history of severe depression or drug abuse, consult with your doctor before taking Fioricet. Use Fioricet with caution if you are elderly or in a weakened condition, if you have liver or kidney problems, or if you have severe abdominal trouble.

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