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People often buy stress from one thing or another. Or maybe they get it for free! Whatever the case be, evidently, such stressful situations lead to tension headaches. These are headaches that start from the back of your neck and expands in your skull. Also, the muscles around your neck and shoulders get stiff and become painful.
Augmented with these three effective compounds: Caffeine, Acetaminophen, and Butalbital; Fioricet is a perfect medicine to kill the tension headaches. Although the FDA has not approved it, but still in some cases, this medication is also used to treat migraines.
Work Mechanism of Fioricet
The combination of these compounds works efficiently to help one relax and get rid of the headache. These three compounds present in Fioricet perform different functions to relieve pain. Acetaminophen works as an analgesic, but it also is an antipyretic, Butalbital works as an anti-depressant, and Caffeine makes sure that sedative part of Butalbital remains depressed. Even the role of Caffeine is thought to constrict the cerebral blood vessels.
Composition and Figures
Earlier Fioricet used to contain 40 mg caffeine, 50 mg butalbital, and 325 mg acetaminophen in a single dose. Anyhow, according to the guidelines of the FDA, the manufacturers had to put a limitation on the acetaminophen doses. At present, the quantity of acetaminophen per dose is 300 mg.
There are some doses of Fioricet which do not contain Caffeine in them. Also, some doses are available with the presence of Codeine in them. Each dose contains 30 mg of Codeine in it.
Some General Side-Effects
Since Fioricet works on the Central Nervous System, it is common to have side-effects like lightheadedness, drowsiness, abdominal pain, and feeling of euphoria.
It is possible to develop a substance intoxication that occurs if the drug is used recently. Therefore, the effects of it can be reversed. However, if the drug is used for the long-term, the results may not be reversible then.
Long-term use of this medication can also cause rebound headaches. You may feel effects such as restlessness, mood changes, or seizures.
Contact a doctor immediately if you feel some irregularity in your heartbeat.
Effects of an excessive consumption
The half-life of Butalbital is the longest of all the three substances, so the counterpart effect of Caffeine does not work for very long. With the overconsumption of this medication, Butalbital causes sedation, which may become as toxic to cause respiratory depression and hypoxia easily.
There is not particular antitoxin for the overdose of barbiturate. Excess consumption may also lead to a coma.
A toxic metabolite found in acetaminophen causes toxicity even with a low dose of four grams. Liver damage or even liver failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, or kidney injury may occur. The toxicity of the acetaminophen can be treated with N-acetylcysteine.
Some precautionary measures to follow
It is necessary to read the instructions carefully that your pharmacist provides with your medicine and follow them as it is.
It is recommended not to buy Fioricet online without a prescription. It is essential to use a prescription to buy any medicine.
Although it is possible to buy Fioricet online, online products are found to be an imitation of the original product. It may be harmful to use an imitation.
You shall take this medication by mouth only. If you are taking the liquid version of this medication, make sure to take it with the help of a measurement cup to prevent the excess consumption.
The brutality present in this medication may affect your driving skills with its sedative effect, so try not to operate any machinery after the intake of it.
If consumed for a longer period, Fioricet leads to fetal loss in expected mothers. The study has no data on human pregnancy, but it is assumed to be highly dangerous for pregnant women. So you shall prevent this medication during your pregnancy and even after pregnancy for some time.
Fioricet can easily dissolve with your breast milk and can get transferred to your child through breast milk. This may cause some unwanted physical as well as mental effects on the baby. So you shall prevent taking this medication if you breastfeed your child.
A run-through of the medication
Fioricet is an effective drug if used wisely. Over consumption surely leads to hazardous health effects, but if taken under the right guidance, and if the prescribed dose is followed, then it surely works nicely without showing its negative side.