Fioricet with Codeine
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Fioricet with Codeine
Fioricet with Codeine Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Fioricet with Codeine (butalbital, acetaminophen, caffeine, and codeine phosphate) is used to relieve complex tension headaches. Fioricet with Codeine is a combination of acetaminophen, a pain reliever and fever reducer; butalbital, a barbiturate; caffeine, a vasoconstrictor; along with codeine, a narcotic pain reliever (opiate-type). This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, shaking (tremor), shortness of breath, constipation, dry mouth, lightheadedness, dizziness, or drowsiness.
Dose of Fioricet with Codeine is 1 or 2 capsules every 4 hours. Total daily dosage should not exceed 6 capsules. Fioricet with Codeine may interact with other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety), glycopyrrolate, mepenzolate, ciprofloxacin, atropine, benztropine, dimenhydrinate, methscopolamine, scopolamine, bladder or urinary medications, bronchodilators, irritable bowel medications, or MAO inhibitors. Tell your doctor all medications you are taking. During pregnancy, Fioricet with Codeine should be used only when prescribed. Using it near the expected delivery date is not recommended because of possible harm to the fetus. Infants born to mothers who have used this medication may have withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, abnormal/persistent crying, vomiting, seizures, or diarrhea. Tell your doctor if you notice symptoms in your newborn. This drug passes into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Butalbital and codeine are both habit-forming and potentially abusable. Withdrawal symptoms may occur when you stop taking this medication.
Our Fioricet with Codeine (butalbital, acetaminophen, caffeine, and codeine phosphate) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- shallow breathing, slow heart rate;
- fast or pounding heart rate, feeling short of breath;
- confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior, feeling light-headed, fainting;
- muscle twitching;
- easy bruising or bleeding; or
- nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, itching, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Less serious side effects include:
- feeling dizzy or drowsy, shaky or agitated;
- mild nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea;
- increased appetite, mood changes, sleep problems (insomnia); or
- dry mouth, sweating, urinating more than usual.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Fioricet with Codeine (Butalbital, Acetaminophen, Caffeine and Codeine Phosphate Capsule)
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Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, shaking (tremor), shortness of breath, constipation, dry mouth, lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, or trouble sleeping may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
To lower your risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
To prevent constipation, maintain a diet adequate in fiber, drink plenty of water, and exercise. If you become constipated while using this drug, consult your pharmacist for help in selecting a laxative (e.g., stimulant-type with stool softener).
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: mental/mood changes, fast/irregular heartbeat, increased thirst/urination, signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), easy bruising/bleeding, change in the amount of urine.
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: fainting, seizure.
Codeine is changed into a strong narcotic drug (morphine) in your body. In some people, this change happens faster and more completely than usual, which increases the risk of very serious side effects. Get medical help right away if you notice any of the following: slow/shallow breathing, unusual drowsiness/difficulty waking up, confusion.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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Fioricet with Codeine FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
All adverse events tabulated below are classified as infrequent.
Central Nervous: headache, shaky feeling, tingling, agitation, fainting, fatigue, heavy eyelids, high energy, hot spells, numbness, sluggishness, seizure. Mental confusion, excitement or depression can also occur due to intolerance, particularly in elderly or debilitated patients, or due to overdosage of butalbital.
Musculoskeletal: leg pain, muscle fatigue.
The following adverse reactions have been voluntarily reported as temporally associated with Fiorinal® with Codeine, a related product containing aspirin, butalbital, caffeine, and codeine.
Central Nervous: abuse, addiction, anxiety, disorientation, hallucination, hyperactivity, insomnia, libido decrease, nervousness, neuropathy, psychosis, sexual activity increase, slurred speech, twitching, unconsciousness, vertigo.
Urinary: kidney impairment, urinary difficulty.
The following adverse drug events may be borne in mind as potential effects of the components of Fioricet with Codeine. Potential effects of high dosage are listed in the OVERDOSAGE section.
Codeine: nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, lightheadedness, constipation, pruritus.
Several cases of dermatological reactions, including toxic epidermal necrolysis and erythema multiforme, have been reported for Fioricet® (Butalbital, Acetaminophen, and Caffeine Tablets, USP).
Drug Abuse And Dependence
Fioricet with Codeine is controlled by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is classified under Schedule III.
Abuse and Dependence
Barbiturates may be habit-forming: Tolerance, psychological dependence, and physical dependence may occur especially following prolonged use of high doses of barbiturates. The average daily dose for the barbiturate addict is usually about 1,500 mg. As tolerance to barbiturates develops, the amount needed to maintain the same level of intoxication increases; tolerance to a fatal dosage, however, does not increase more than two-fold. As this occurs, the margin between an intoxication dosage and fatal dosage becomes smaller. The lethal dose of a barbiturate is far less if alcohol is also ingested. Major withdrawal symptoms (convulsions and delirium) may occur within 16 hours and last up to 5 days after abrupt cessation of these drugs. Intensity of withdrawal symptoms gradually declines over a period of approximately 15 days. Treatment of barbiturate dependence consists of cautious and gradual withdrawal of the drug. Barbiturate-dependent patients can be withdrawn by using a number of different withdrawal regimens. One method involves initiating treatment at the patient's regular dosage level and gradually decreasing the daily dosage as tolerated by the patient.
Codeine can produce drug dependence of the morphine type and, therefore, has the potential for being abused. Psychological dependence, physical dependence, and tolerance may develop upon repeated administration and it should be prescribed and administered with the same degree of caution appropriate to the use of other oral narcotic medications.
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