Understanding Fioricet Addiction

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Fioricet is a medication that combines caffeine, acetaminophen and caffeine. It is typically prescribed to treat headaches including tension headaches, post-dural puncture headaches and headaches that result from muscle contractions. Most people don’t know that Fioricet has the potential for abuse, but it is an addictive barbiturate that helps to relax muscles. Some Fioricet also contains codeine, which is another narcotic that is potentially addictive.

How Fioricet Affects the Body

Fioricet consists of three different components that all do different things. Acetaminophen is a pain reliever typically found in Tylenol. Caffeine is a stimulant that improves blood flow throughout the blood vessels and it also stimulates the central nervous system. Codeine may be added to certain types of Fioricet.

Some people are advised not to take Fioricet. These people include:

  • People who drink over three alcoholic beverages per day.
  • People who have a history of cirrhosis or liver disease.
  • People with kidney disease.
  • People with breathing disorders.
  • People with a history of substance abuse.
  • People with a history of suicidal thoughts or mental illness.

Potential side effects of the medication may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Feeling drunk or intoxicated
  • Feeling anxious or restless
  • Difficulty sleeping

In severe cases, Fioricet can cause seizures, confusion, shortness of breath, upper stomach pain, nausea or jaundice.

Signs of Fioricet Addiction

When it comes to prescription medications, opioids and benzodiazepines are not the only medications that are addictive. Fioricet can potentially be a habit-forming drug. Anyone who is taking Fioricet should be warned about the potential for abuse and addiction. The element that makes it addictive is the butalbital. Butalbital can sedate the way a person feels pain because it is a central nervous system depressant. Also, if it contains codeine, there is another addictive element in the medication.

If someone you love is presenting any of these signs, you may have reason to be concerned about the potential for Fioricet addiction:

  • Taking more and more doses of Fioricet
  • Doctor shopping or pharmacy shopping to get multiple prescriptions
  • An obsession with finding and taking the medication
  • The feeling of not being able to function without the medication
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when the medication is stopped or decreased

The Dangers of Fioricet Addiction

All addictions to prescription medications are reason to be concerned. With Fioricet, there is the risk associated with the acetaminophen part of the medication as well as concern to be had about the butalbital. When high amounts of acetaminophen are taken, liver damage or failure can be caused. In some situations, it can happen suddenly.

Those who are addicted to Fioricet also have to worry about overdosing on the butalbital part of the medication. Butalbital can actually cause respiratory depression as well as excessive sedation. Therefore, there are multiple dangers to be aware of with Fioricet addiction.

Fioricet Withdrawal Symptoms

When you become dependent on a substance and you stop taking it, it can lead to withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal can be a different experience for everyone. However, in general Fioricet withdrawal symptoms are:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Nausea
  • Delirium
  • Irritability

In more severe cases, withdrawal symptoms can include a depressed respiratory system, convulsions, hypertension and hallucinations.

It is recommended for patients who want to stop Fioricet to undergo medically supervised detox, especially if you have been using Fioricet for a long time. Patients also may be able to be weaned off the medication by their physician.

Fioricet Addiction Treatment

Fioricet abuse and addiction can be just as serious as the abuse and addiction of other prescription medications. If you or someone you love is experiencing Fioricet addiction, you don’t need to undergo anymore unnecessary suffering. No one wants to be chained to a substance and to be made to feel like a medication is controlling their lives. It’s time for you to break the chains of addiction and seek the treatment you need.

The Recovery Village Ridgefield offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for Fioricet treatment. Located in the Cascade Mountains, our facility is convenient to Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon as well as other cities in the Pacific Northwest. Give us a call. One of our compassionate addiction specialists are waiting to speak with you 24 hours a day, 6 days a week.

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