Cure Headache? Take Fioricet

Someone asked me how do you get headache? I said take one part of tension, blend with a stiff neck problem, surround yourself by screaming children and dream of expressway traffic jams, and you will have instant headache.

Before taking this medicine

Do not use Fioricet if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.

You should not use Fioricet if you are allergic to acetaminophen, butalbital, or caffeine, if you have porphyria, or if you have recently used alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or other narcotic medications.

To make sure Fioricet is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • liver disease, cirrhosis, a history of alcoholism or drug addiction, or if you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day;
  • kidney disease;
  • asthma, sleep apnea, or other breathing disorder;
  • stomach ulcer or bleeding;
  • a history of skin rash caused by any medication;
  • a history of mental illness or suicidal thoughts; or
  • if you use medicine to prevent blood clots.

It is not known whether Fioricet will harm an unborn baby. If you use butalbital while you are pregnant, your baby could become dependent on the drug. This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Babies born dependent on habit-forming medicine may need medical treatment for several weeks. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

This medicine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Headaches are caused due to several reason, because of work, out of hunger or malfunctioning of some body parts, it is also said it comes in different shapes and sizes, Tension headaches are the most common in the modern world, you will notice less concentratie at work or study, we are surrounded with technology and electronic gadgets and we demand more output from our work, so does our seniors. Generally headache is caused when body muscles tighten in your head and neck, they starve blood vessels in your scalp for fresh free blood flow, you may also get cluster headaches which are generally very painful and are caused in any specific part of your head, if you have migraine pain its unbearable, you would feel your head is about to burst.

If you see any signs of burn out then you should immediately consult any Neuro physician for behandeling burn up ( burn out treatment).

There are couple of ways you can reduce or cure headaches like Acupressure, Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Food Therapy, Herbal Therapy, Homeopathy, Hydrotherapy, Imagery, Juice Therapy, Massage, Reflexology, Relaxation & Medication and lastly Yoga. Below we will discuss about Massage Therapy which is easy and can be performed anywhere.

Massage Therapy is been practice since early ages, using fingertip massage will help you to relive from pain of tension headaches. Start by placing your fingertips on your scalp, with your left hand on the left side of your head and your right h and on the right side. Press down gently, and move the scalp back and forth about a half inch, your fingers shouldn’t side across the skin, they should be moving the scalp itself, after a few seconds move your fingertips farther back on the scalp and repeat, do this until you have massaged the entire scalp from the front to back, make sure to massage the sides of your head and the around the ears where pressure points of blood flow are located.

Next step grab a small amount of hair in one hand and give a gentle lift upwards from your scalp and twist it slightly, this will simulate the scalp. Also some gentle massage using thumb on your neck and shoulder, by doing this you should be able to reduce the pain. If you have regular pain, it is advisable to consult the doctor immediately.

Fioricet is a brand name consisting of a combination of butalbital (a barbiturate), acetaminophen and caffeine which is indicated for the treatment of tension headaches, muscle contraction headaches and post-dural puncture headaches. Although not indicated, they are commonly used to treat migraines and other pain related ailments.

What are the possible side effects of Fioricet?

The most common side effects from Fioricet include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Depression
  • Lightheadedness
  • Confusion3

The following side effects could be signs of allergy or more serious complications and should be reported to health provider immediately:

  • Skin rash
  • Itching
  • Difficulty breathing

This is not an exhaustive list of all potential side effects of Fioricet. For more information, consult your doctor or healthcare provider. If you notice any new or worsening side effects, contact your doctor or healthcare provider immediately.

Things to note about Fioricet

Fioricet can be habit-forming, so you should use extreme caution if you decide to take it. Additionally, some people who take barbituates or opioids for extended periods can experience rebound headaches, which can increase in severity. These are also known as MOH, or medication overuse headaches.1

Barbituates can cause drowsiness, and their effect can be increased by alcohol use. It is important not to drive or use heavy machinery until you know how this drug affects you.

Before taking Fioricet, tell your doctor if you:

  • Are allergic to any ingredients in the medication
  • Are taking blood thinners, antidepressants, antihistamines, or other sedatives like sleeping pills or tranquilizers.
  • Are taking pain medications. Many over-the-counter pain relievers contain acetaminophen, and too much of this drug can be harmful.
  • Have ever had liver disease, porphyria, or depression
  • Are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeedingii

Dosing information

Patients should take 1 or 2 tablets every 4 hours as needed. Your total daily dosage should not exceed 6 tablets. Fioricet can cause upset stomach, so you should take this medication with food or milk