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Comment from: AmandaBrydon77, 35-44 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: April 17

My last Migraine lasted 5 days. Because I do not like the way narcotics make me feel, and few of them help enough to be worth the side effects, I usually have just gone to bed, taking over the counter sleep meds and lots of Excedrin praying no one would flip on the lights without thinking! The 5 day migraine forced me to go to the ER. After a shot Tordadol, several intrusive tests, and finally a shot of Dilaudid (something I never want to experience again!) my headache was still there. They sent me home with Fioriset. After the first dose, I slept for 8 hours straight, which I hadn't done in a week! The second dose, I slept 8 more hours! I didn't need a third dose. I Think the sleeping was do to exhaustion and the fact tat I could finally relax, not so much a side effect of the drug. The next Migraine, as soon as my head started throbbing and I saw the little lights in the corners of my eyes, I took a dose of Fioricet. Headache was gone within half an hour!! It never progressed. It is a Wonder Drug!!

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Comment from: Victoria, 55-64 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: November 25

I have tried so very many, "migraine medications" over the past 16 years and I can not take them but one and it is so expensive I can not afford it. Yeas ago my doctor prescribed Firoicet 3 and I took this for many many many years and it worked perfectly. I could work at my job with no problems. We moved to another state and you would think I am asking for some sort of illegal drug! My doctors insisted on trying me on these migraine specific medications that cause me allergic reactions or rebound headaches or just make me sick. They tell me Fioricet is not in my best interest and will not prescribe it and now they are telling me I have to live with my migraines! This is one of the oldest migraine medications, I had no side effects from this drug. I could cope and do my job, now I can not work and have nothing I can take..what is wrong with doctors that they feel something else is better when it has been proven I can not take "something else"!??? This is a fantastic medication for migraine headaches, Period!I have had migraines since I was 18 years old.

Comment from: Isabel0112, 45-54 on Treatment for 6 months - 1 year (Patient) Published: April 09

I've had migraines since a bad car wreck in 1885 and have tried every migraine medicine out there. The side effect of those were horrible with every one of them!!! Fioricet has been a God send. They work perfectly with no side effects.

Comment from: steffani1, 35-44 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: October 07

Time and time again, even hospitalized through regular migraines and gestational migraines. I was on this medicine daily throughout my entire last pregnancy. Thamk goodness for it. Doctors have had me try everything, even things that made my head ache worse. So severe. I call this magic medicine. 15-20 min. Gone, completely gone. I have no side effects, except highly productive and very organized because of the caffeine in it I think. Even now, I have had many migraines recently and I count on this everytime. I prefer NO narcotics because my body is sensitive when they wear off, and this medicine does not have that effect. Even when on it for 9 months; 3 time daily. No withdrawl effects.

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Comment from: vertigo, 55-64 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: February 14

The only reason I am NOT satisfied is my own fault...I got soooo addicted several yrs ago & had to get help! It works like a miracle for migraines but be very careful to take it only when needed for pain.

Comment from: redda4, 65-74 on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: January 15

I have had these chronic headaches all my life. Over time I have been to every sort of doctor one can imagine. Including a psychiatrist. Over time I took so many aspirins, I made an ulcer. After many trial and errors, Fioricet is the only thing I can take, without side effects, that prevents my headaches from becoming debilitating. I hate they decided to raise their price when forced to reduce the amount of acetominephine. I don't know what to substitute for it.

Comment from: thorughthelookingglass, 55-64 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: November 26

I have suffered from severe, debilitating cervigenic migraines every few days, each lasting from 3 to 10 days. Little to no sleep at night. Tried it all; Cervical blocks, occipital blocks, facet injections, tramadol, amitriptylene, protriptylene,soma, halcion, skelaxin, flexeril, codiene, vicodin, physical therapy, deep tissue massage, bio feedback, surgery, etc. This is the only med that touchs them. It must be taken at the first hint of a migraine. In 15+ years I have never had an adiction problem.

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Comment from: Rae, 55-64 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: August 07

I was diagnosed with MS 22 years ago. I have suffered with headaches for several years. During the past 20 years, I have suffered with migraine headaches. This year, 2014, the FDA took Fioricet tablets off the market, 40-325-50. Recently, Fioricet capsules have been available, 40-320-50. Fioricet has saved my life. Fioricet has enabled me to control my headaches and stay out of the emergency room. I have been taking this drug for over 20 years, and all of my kidney/liver counts are great! In addition, I have been receiving Tysabri infusions to control my MS every 28 days.

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Comment from: yvonne, 25-34 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: November 11

this medication has helped me with my migrains. it is a good drug but only if you really need because it is a strong medication. this drug works so good for me that their are several days that go by that i do not have to take it and i like that beacause i hate getting migrains.

Comment from: agiammasi, 25-34 on Treatment for 6 months - 1 year (Patient) Published: September 25

i am young, about 28 years old.i get tension headaches and severe migraines this medication works if i take it soon as i feel a migraine coming on, unlike other meds this one actually works for me, although it interacts with my other meds i do very well. but don't over do it if you don't need it don't take it. it gives you one hell of a rebound headache then a migraine like you can't even imagine, and thats what happened to me a couple of years ago, when my doc told me take them for prevention. now more new doc told me take when neccessary, it is a miracle.

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Comment from: dfitz, 25-34 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: September 19

I have been using Fioricet for 10 years for Migraines and have found it to be the best treatment for me. It can sometimes make me feel a little "stoned" but that passes within half an hour and I can move on with my day.

Comment from: emf, 45-54 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: April 08

I've had migraines for 30 years. Been put through the ringer and tried every treatment and Rx known to the free world. Fioricet is the only Rx that does not cause side affects. I can drive, work and function. It is unfortunate that neurologists think it is a bad Rx to use frequently. Time has proven to me it is the best for my circumstance. I have to listen to my body and mind and do what is safe for me.

Comment from: theblonde, 65-74 on Treatment for 10+ years Published: April 18

This is the most successful medication (with absolutely NO side effects) I've taken for headaches. I have used it for over 20 years and trust it completely. There was never even a suggestion of dependence associated with this treatment.

Comment from: 25-34 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: February 03

i have been on fioricet for 3 years due to migraines which started from a head injury i had in 2009..It has worked wonders in my life..

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Comment from: julie, 35-44 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: September 20

I have suffered from hormone related migraines since I was a teenager..i am now a 36 yr old mother of 3. over the years I have tried so many medicines to help with the migraines. This is the ONLY ONE that helps me. It may not take the migraine completely away< but it reduces it by at least 75%. It DOES NOT make me feel loopy or out of my mind tired, as some other meds have. I am so grateful that I finally have something that helps

Comment from: 55-64 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: July 13

I've been taking Fioricet for 20 years for migraines. Had headaches since I was a kid and this is the only medication that has helped me. Dr put me on all types of "new" remedies but we always go back to Fioricet.

Comment from: Miss u Mom, 25-34 on Treatment for 10+ years Published: April 03

My Mom had taken Fioricet for over 15 years for neck, knee and and head ache pain.She had taken it so long she developed an addiction to this Drug.I am 27 years old with 3 young kids and on March 14, 2011 @8:20pm we had to say bye to my mother and my childrens grandma.She was admitted into the hospital 2 days before from a cardiac arrest.I had to watch my mom lay there with tubes everywhere no brain activity and having sezuries for 2 days until she was gone.She was 47 years old! My question is the pain that bad you would risk putting yourself in even more danger. Theres got to be other alternative medication than fioricet and all other drugs containg the same ingredient! I miss my Mom and hate that perscrption drugs do more harm than good!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment from: Paula, 25-34 on Treatment for 1-2 years (Patient) Published: April 08

My doc started me on Treximet when he confirmed that my "eyeball headaches," as I called them, were migraines. It worked, but it gave me an unpleasant tingling through my shoulders and back. When it was removed from my insurance's formulary (meaning a $60 copay for 6 or 9 pills), I asked the doc for something else. I wasn't thrilled with the idea of taking a barbituate before or during work, but so far, the side effects have been minimal. I might have a slight buzzed feeling (like I drank a beer too fast) that lasts maybe 30 minutes, so I have to be careful not to take it if I'm going to head out right away. However, I'm also on my way to being good as new within that 30 minutes. Because it's such a hassle to get a refill, I tend to take ibuprophen and caffiene first to see if it will take care of the pain, but that's pretty much always a mistake. I'd suffer much less if I'd suck it up and take the Fioricet.

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Comment from: 25-34 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: September 26

I have been dealing with chronic daily migraines for well over 10 years. They have completely affected my everyday duties. I have tried everything; all the triptans, D.H.E injection, OTC medications, all of the preventatives including beta-blockers, narcotic pain relievers and novocaine and the botox injection(both were done on one visit while novocaine was done alone on the other visits). I finally heard about fioricet after 13 years. This is truly the best migraine medication that has EVER helped me not only quickly but also longer than anything else I've ever tried. I take 1-2 tablets either at the start or during the attack and within 15-30 minutes I can begin my everyday life just like I never had a migraine. The only bad thing is the rebound headaches but now that I only take it when needed instead of 6 tablets everyday as first prescribed, I no longer suffer from the rebounds. This drug is a miracle drug for me.

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Comment from: 19-24 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: November 28

Since I have suffered migraines since the age of 6, I have been through a huge amount of treatments and medications to try to help with my migraines. After several stays overnight at the hospital hooked up to IV's being given the strong medication DHE(if anyone has ever gone through taking this I am sure you understand the horricfic experience I had with it), a few years ago I finally came into contact with a doctor who had enough sense to prescribe Fioricet for me...and ever since then it has been the number one thing to relieve my pain. I understand that doctors have to take precautions when prescribing this drug, but when there are only so many days supply there, and I have to make it last a month or so it can become hard at times, especially when I have the really really bad attacks...making sure that I have enough to relieve the migraine, and enough just incase I have another attack before I am able to get a refill...so that can be extemely frustrating at times! But, overall this has been the best thing I have found, and the list of meds I have been through consists of 3 long pages. Only being 22yrs old it can be scary having to deal with these consistant headaches, but I feel that as long as I am cautious with my use of this medication and use it as I am supposed to I will make it through, and those of you who suffer from migraines and feel the same, I strongly reccomend giving Fioricet a try.

Comment from: firefly, 45-54 on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: July 15

I had daily headaches (which turned out to be migrianes) and took Goodys headache powders. The taste was horrible but they worked, and they worked fast. After taking 1-2 Goodys a day for 1 1/2 years, they almost ate a hole in my stomach. Upon going to a neurologist, they had me try every med. out there but the side effects were really, really bad. The one med. that worked was Fioricet. I also take Lyrica for Fibromyalgia and that has cut down the number of headaches I have. I have heard of a device now approved my the FDA. It's called Cefaly - maybe with it, I can eliminate the Fioricet.

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Comment from: JB, 25-34 on Treatment for 2-5 years (Patient) Published: November 27

I have had migraines since I was 16 I am 25 and this is the only medicine that works. I have been to all the migraine specialists including the Jefferson Headache Center (which was unable to help me actually they made my headaches worse) Finally my home town neurtolg8ist said use this med and it works. I don't know why these other doctors don't listen to the patients.

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Comment from: bhjwlp, 25-34 Female on Treatment for 5-10 years (Patient) Published: May 09

I was diagnosed when I was a child with migraines and had tried everything from Imitrex to Relpax and my dr put me on this RX and it has worked wonders. I get at least 3/6 migraines a month or more.. This actually knocks out the pain and helps me be able to focus on daily life.

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Comment from: Debbt K, 45-54 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: January 18

Be very vrey careful with this medication i have taken it on and off for 20 years around 7 years ago the headaches were getting worse and the side effects were also and the REBOUND h/a was worse then the first one. I stopped taking the medication on my own and wound up having seizers and then had to go to a hospital for withdrawal. After if got out after i year i started taking it again when i tried to stop again same thing i signed myself in got the drug out of my system and have been drug free and h/a free for almost 7 years. The stoned feeling and the groggniss is not worth what i went through thankfully after being through all of this my headaches have gone away for good i went through menopause at the same time thought the headaches would get worse but they went away now i wonder if they were all migraine's or mostly rebound headaches the medication works very well but please be very very careful on it. I am not an additive person but please be careful with this medicine it almost took my life.

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Comment from: migrain-ace, 45-54 on Treatment for 10+ years (Patient) Published: December 02

I"ve had migraines since age 8,finally went to my DR. at age of 23 and this is what he gave me. It changed my life completly, and I was able to live a fun, full life... Then at age29-30 iwas blessed with a beutifully large baby boy.11.5oz !The headaches drasticly changed 4days after his birth. so I now have Chronic Daily migraine Headaches, and have pain 24//7 for 19yrs,now, Nothing else I have tried works to help the pain. I juggle life around my headaches.It has been a very useful med. for my needs.

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