Fioricet (Oral)

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Fioricet (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Fioricet (Oral)

Fioricet (Oral) Medication Classification


Fioricet (Oral) Brandname

Fioricet, Esgic-Plus, Geone, Tenake, Esgic, Ezol, Margesic, Medigesic, Pacaps, Anolor 300, Zebutal, Dolgic LQ, Nonbac, Repan

Fioricet (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Acetaminophen (a-seet-a-MIN-oh-fen), Butalbital (byoo-TAL-bi-tal), Caffeine (kaf-EEN) Treats tension headaches. This medicine contains a barbiturate.

When To Not Use Fioricet (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had allergic reactions to acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or butalbital, or if you have porphyria.

How Should You Use Fioricet (Oral)

Tablet, Capsule, Liquid

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.It is not safe to use more than 4 grams (4,000 milligrams) of acetaminophen in one day (24 hours).
  • Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.
  • If this medicine upsets your stomach, you may take it with food or milk.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you are taking this medicine on a regular schedule and you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Proper Fioricet (Oral) Storage

Store Fioricet (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Fioricet (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Fioricet (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using an MAO inhibitor (Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, Parnate®), or any medicines that make you sleepy (such as sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, other narcotic pain relievers, or sedatives).
  • Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine. Acetaminophen can damage your liver and drinking alcohol can increase this risk. If you regularly drink 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day, do not take acetaminophen without asking your doctor.
  • Many combination medicines contain acetaminophen, including products with brand names such as Alka-Seltzer Plus®, Comtrex®, Drixoral®, Excedrin Migraine®, Midol®, Sinutab®, Sudafed®, Theraflu®, and Vanquish®. Carefully check the labels of all other medicines you are using to be sure they do not contain acetaminophen.

Fioricet (Oral) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have liver disease, kidney disease, or a stomach disorder.
  • This medicine may be habit-forming. If you feel that the medicine is not working as well, do not take more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor for instructions.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
  • Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. Acetaminophen may affect the results of certain medical tests.

Fioricet (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
  • Blistering, peeling, red skin rash
  • Extreme weakness, shallow breathing, fast or slow heartbeat, sweating, cold or clammy skin
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain in the upper stomach
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Yellow skin or eyes, dark-colored urine or pale stools
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Dry mouth, constipation
  • Feeling of being drunk, shaky, or excited
  • Heartburn or trouble swallowing
  • Muscle pain or weakness

Fioricet (Oral) Ratings

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Fioricet (Oral)

Effectiveness: *****

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: *****


Annie Lawson, Minneapolis - 09/17/2009

This is a medication that works, but it also comes with a lot of negatives. Based on my experience with it, I would recommend taking 1 or 2, never any more than that. If you do take more than that, you may become addicted. This is not an overly addictive drug, but it still has potential in the regard. Another reason you shouldn't take it more than once or twice per day is because it will kill the liver. This is due to powerful acetaminophen. On a brighter note, it is good for migraine headaches and it will relax and you and help you go to sleep. Whether you should take it or not depends on the severity of your condition.

Fioricet (Oral)

Effectiveness: ***

Ease of Use: ***

Overall Satisfaction: *


Ashok Singal, Dandridge,TN - 08/03/2010

I knew what a migraine headache was, but the ones I have been experiencing recently have been exceptionally painful. I took this medication to solve the problem, but ended up only being a short-term solution. It relieves some of the pain for about an hour, but then the pain kicks right back in.