Reader’s Mail: Side Effects for Cutting Back on Fioricet?

Q. I have been on Fioricet for 2 years. I had been taking 6 tablets a day. My physician recommended that I cut back, due to rebound headache, every 4 days. I have now cut back to 3 tablets, and I’m experiencing extreme drowsiness and agitation.  I was told it’s not a side effect. Do you have any recommendations for alternative medication(s) that I can try? Also, I would like to know if you’ve ever heard of anyone else experiencing these types of side effects. Continue Reading

Fiorinal and Fioricet

Fiorinal and Fioricet are medicines for tension-type headaches. Fiorinal contains aspirin and Fioricet contains acetaminophen. They both contain butalbital and caffeine. Codeine is sometimes also added to this combination. Butalbital, a barbiturate sedative, is habit-forming.

These medications should not be used on a daily basis because dependency on them can develop. Regular use, more than 2 days per week, can cause rebound headache, which may not respond to usually effective acute and preventive treatments.

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