I suffer from severe migraine headaches, and Fioricet with Codeine is the only thing that works and I have tried all kinds of pain meds. My health plan is not going to cover it anymore. My Pharmacist said it is the Butalbital that makes it so effective. I can't take any of the Sunatriptans because of a heart condition. Topomax is also out.
26 Apr 2012
If you feel that it IS(for sure) the butalbital,then yes Esgic and Esgic plus, Dolgic etc.Do in fact have the same amt. of butalbital-however NO codeine.Your MD can get you the same effect by prescribing Fioricet(w/o codeine)which is about $.40 per pill.They then can prescribe pure codeine tablets 30mg.Or of course you can be prescibed Tylenol w/codeine#3(if it were the codeine that helps)along with another barbituate(there are many)that is equivalent to the 40mg of butalbital.ALSO-your MD can(ALMOST always)override the insurance plan.MD needsto fill out an authorization form provided to them from the Ins.co.You can also look up(or ask the Ins.co. to send you) The "formulary"which is avail.ONLINE and it will show you your covered meds;then your MD can decide from there.**BIG news is though,undoubtedly your plan is just not covering Fioricet w/codeine-because that is the BRAND name.If he/she writes Butalbital compound it should be covered.
3 Apr 2012
Yes, lots, and I found them all on this wonderful, informative website. So seek and you shall find. Type in butalbital, which is a barbituate and/or a sedative and I believe you may find all the names of meds with that ingredient. If you look hard enough, you can find it. If you cant, then just ask the question again. Best of luck to ya.
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