Generic name: Acetaminophen, Butalbital, and Caffeine
Brand name: Fioricet (fee or e set)
is this drug prescribed?
should it be used?
it be used?
INSTRUCTIONS should I follow while using this drug?
EFFECTS can this medication cause? What can I do about them?
PRECAUTIONS should I follow while using this drug?
WHY is this drug prescribed? The combination of acetaminophen,
butalbital, and caffeine is effective in relieving migraine and tension headaches.
WHEN should it be used? Fioricet is taken immediately at the
onset of headache. If you have an aura before your migraines (flashing lights, vision
changes, tingling), you should take the Fioricet during this aura.
HOW should it be used? Fioricet comes in tablets and capsules.
Your prescription label tells you how much to take at each dose. In general, one to two
tablets of Fioricet can be taken every 4 hours for headaches.
- Swallow the capsules whole.
- Do not take more than 8 tablets per day unless specifically directed by your doctor.
What SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS should I follow while using
- This medication can cause drowsiness and sleepiness - do not drive a car or operate
dangerous machinery until you know how it affects you.
- Do not take alcohol. Alcohol can add to the drowsiness and stomach irritation.
- Keep all appointments with your doctor so that your doctor can monitor your response to
- Take Fioricet exactly as your doctor has directed. Do not take more of it or take it
more often than as instructed.
- It is often helpful to keep a log or a diary to track your pain. Write down the length
of time and the severity of the pain on a scale from 1 to 10.
What SIDE EFFECTS can this medication cause? What can
I do about them?
- Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain - Take Fioricet after meals or with a full glass of water
or milk. Contact your doctor if the nausea persists.
- Drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, confusion - Contact your doctor if these effects
- Itching, skin rash, difficulty breathing, yellowish skin or eyes - Stop taking this
medication and contact your doctor. Too much of this medication can cause liver damage.
- Fioricet can be used sparingly during pregnancy. Birth defects have not been
demonstrated with Fioricet but it is best to be safe and stop the medication if possible.
- If you take large doses of this medication for a long time, you may have severe
headaches for a few days after stopping the drug. Contact your doctor about alternate
What OTHER PRECAUTIONS should I follow while using this
This information is intended as an educational aid. It does not cover all possible
actions, precautions, side effects, or interactions of this medication. It is not intended
as medical advice for individual problems. Please contact your physician if you have
- Before you take Fioricet, tell your doctor if you are pregnant (or even if you think you
could become pregnant), breast-feeding, have a history of liver disease or depression.
- Tell your doctor what prescription and non-prescription drugs you are taking, especially
anticoagulants (blood thinners), warfarin, coumadin, acetazolamide, corticosteroids, or
- Do not take this medication with alcohol, sleeping pills, tranquilizers, sedatives.
- Tell your doctor if you have ever had a bad reaction to butalbital, phenobarbital,
seconal, caffeine, or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
- Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of the reach
of children. Store at room temperature. Throw away any medication that smells strongly of
- Do not allow anyone else to take your medications.