Fioricet (Butalbital/caffeine 50mg/325mg/40mg)


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What precautions shall I follow while taking Fioricet

Fioricet is although a successful medication, it comes with many side effects. Contact your doctor, if your pain does not go away, it gets worse or you experience a new and different type of pain after taking this medication. Taking Fioricet for a longer period or in high doses may develop tolerance and then, you need to take higher doses for pain relief. If a user suddenly stops taking this medication, he may develop a severe reaction. Consult your doctor, before starting and even stopping this medication. When your physician wants you to stop this medication, he will slowly lower the dose over time and this helps to avoid any side effects. When used for a longer time, your body becomes used to this drug. But this is not addiction as addiction is a behavior related to using a drug for a non-medical purpose.      

Why do I need to consult the doctor before taking Fioricet?

There are many conditions or symptoms that may develop during this drug intake. You may be dizzy or drowsy, when you first take or even change the doses of Fioricet. A user needs to stand or sit up slowly. Also do not drive or use heavy machinery after taking this medication. Stop taking other acetaminophen-based medicines with this drug, as it may cause a severe reaction. Always follow the doctor’s advice and read precautions given on the label before taking this medication. In case you have any questions, consult your doctor or the pharmacist. If you have taken too much acetaminophen, get medical help immediately as it may damage your liver, even if you do not have any symptoms. The drug may also cause some unwanted effects, and hence, you need a doctor’s supervision while taking Fioricet.  

Common and serious side effects

There is a long list of common and serious side effects of taking this drug. If you experience any of the side effects, consult your doctor immediately. It’s not necessary that all the side effects occur as depending on your body condition, a few of them may persist. The more common side effects include light-headedness, blistering, loosening or peeling of the skin, shortness of breath, black tarry stools, stomach/abdominal pain, bleeding gums, blood in the urine or the stools, blurred vision, change in the urination frequency or urination amount. The other side effects include chills, cough, diarrhea, difficult and slowed breathing, problem in swallowing, dizziness, dry mouth, drowsiness, fainting, fast, pounding and irregular heartbeat or pulse, dry skin, increased hunger, increased thirst, increased urination and others. It is always recommended to seek medical help immediately if any of these symptoms occur.


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