Fioricet with CodeinePronunciation
Generic Name: butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine/codeine (bue-TAL-bi-tal/a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen/KAF-een/KOE-deen)
Brand Name: Fioricet with Codeine
Fioricet with Codeine contains acetaminophen. Severe and sometimes fatal liver problems, including the need for liver transplant, have been reported with the use of acetaminophen. Most cases of these liver problems occurred in patients taking excessive doses of acetaminophen (more than 4,000 mg per day). Also, patients who developed these liver problems were often using more than 1 medicine that contained acetaminophen. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
Some children have had serious and sometimes fatal breathing problems when using Fioricet with Codeine after surgery to remove tonsils or adenoids. Fioricet with Codeine should not be used in children to treat pain after surgery to remove tonsils or adenoids. Talk with your doctor for more information.
Fioricet with Codeine is used for:
Relieving tension headaches. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Fioricet with Codeine is a barbiturate, analgesic, stimulant, and narcotic combination. Acetaminophen and codeine work in the brain to relieve pain. Caffeine constricts blood vessels in the brain, which may help to relieve headache pain. Butalbital reduces anxiety and helps you to relax.
Do NOT use Fioricet with Codeine if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Fioricet with Codeine
- you have the blood disease porphyria
- you are taking quinidine or sodium oxybate (GHB)
- the patient is a child being treated for pain after surgery to remove tonsils or adenoids
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Fioricet with Codeine:
Some medical conditions may interact with Fioricet with Codeine. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you are allergic to other narcotic medicines (eg, hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone)
- if you have severe drowsiness, or you have or recently had any head injury, increased pressure in the brain, growths in the brain (eg, tumors), or an infection of the brain or nervous system
- if you have a history of liver problems (eg, hepatitis), kidney problems, heart problems (eg, cor pulmonale; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat), low blood pressure, inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), gallbladder problems, seizures, thyroid problems, adrenal gland problems (eg, Addison disease), curvature of the spine (scoliosis), lung or breathing problems (eg, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD]), stomach or bowel problems (eg, blockage, inflammation, paralysis), prostate problems (eg, an enlarged prostate), or trouble urinating
- if you drink alcohol; have a history of alcohol or other substance abuse or dependence, mental or mood problems (eg, anxiety, depression), or suicidal thoughts or actions; or are going through withdrawal from alcohol or other substances
- if you have recently had surgery (eg, stomach or bowel surgery) or are scheduled to have surgery
- if you are in very poor health, are very overweight, are dehydrated or have low blood volume, or have stomach pain or constipation
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Fioricet with Codeine. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because the risk of bleeding may be increased
- Medicines that may harm the liver (eg, certain medicines for HIV infection, ketoconazole, methotrexate) because the risk of liver side effects may be increased. Ask your doctor if you are unsure if any of your medicines might harm the liver
- Chlordiazepoxide, isoniazid, linezolid, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) (eg, phenelzine), other narcotic pain medicines (eg, morphine), perampanel, quinolone antibiotics (eg, ciprofloxacin), sleep medicines (eg, zolpidem), sodium oxybate (GHB), or stiripentol because they may increase the risk of Fioricet with Codeine's side effects
- Buprenorphine, naltrexone, or quinidine because they may decrease Fioricet with Codeine's effectiveness
- Beta-blockers (eg, atenolol), clozapine, corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), doxycycline, estrogens (eg, certain hormonal birth control, estradiol), griseofulvin, metronidazole, tacrolimus, or teniposide because their effectiveness may be decreased by Fioricet with Codeine
- Theophylline because its effectiveness may be decreased or the risk of its side effects may be increased by Fioricet with Codeine
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Fioricet with Codeine may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Fioricet with Codeine:
Use Fioricet with Codeine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take Fioricet with Codeine by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
- Do not take more than 6 capsules in 24 hours.
- If you have been taking Fioricet with Codeine regularly or for longer than a few weeks, do not suddenly stop taking it without checking with your doctor. Your doctor may need to gradually lower your dose.
- If you miss a dose of Fioricet with Codeine and you still have a headache, follow your doctor's dosing instructions. Contact your doctor if you are unsure what to do if you miss a dose. Do not take Fioricet with Codeine more often than prescribed. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Fioricet with Codeine.
Important safety information:
- Fioricet with Codeine may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or light-headedness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Fioricet with Codeine with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Do not drink alcohol or use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, muscle relaxers, sleep aids) while you are using Fioricet with Codeine; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
- Do NOT take more than the recommended dose, take more often than prescribed, or take for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- Pain medicines work best if they are used as the first signs of pain (or headache) occur. If you wait until the pain has significantly worsened, the pain medicine may not work as well.
- Fioricet with Codeine has acetaminophen in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has acetaminophen in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Contact your doctor right away if you take more than 4,000 mg of acetaminophen per day, even if you feel well.
- Fioricet with Codeine may harm your liver. Your risk may be greater if you drink alcohol while you are using Fioricet with Codeine. Talk to your doctor before you take Fioricet with Codeine or other fever reducers if you drink alcohol.
- Fioricet with Codeine may cause constipation. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about using a stool softener or laxative to prevent constipation. It is also important to maintain a diet adequate in fiber, drink plenty of water, and exercise to prevent constipation. If you become constipated while taking Fioricet with Codeine, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Fioricet with Codeine before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Hormonal birth control (eg, birth control pills) may not work as well while you are using Fioricet with Codeine. To prevent pregnancy, use an extra form of birth control (eg, condoms).
- Fioricet with Codeine may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking Fioricet with Codeine.
- Use Fioricet with Codeine with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially confusion, excitement, depression, drowsiness, and breathing problems.
- Fioricet with Codeine should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Fioricet with Codeine while you are pregnant. Long-term use of Fioricet with Codeine during pregnancy may cause dependence in the fetus or newborn. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor. Fioricet with Codeine is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Fioricet with Codeine.
When used for long periods of time or at high doses, Fioricet with Codeine may not work as well and may require higher doses to obtain the same effect as when originally taken. This is known as TOLERANCE. Talk with your doctor if Fioricet with Codeine stops working well. Do not take more than prescribed.
Some people who use Fioricet with Codeine for a long time may develop a need to continue taking it. People who take high doses are also at risk. This is known as DEPENDENCE or addiction. If you suddenly stop taking Fioricet with Codeine, you may experience WITHDRAWAL symptoms including anxiety; confusion; diarrhea; fever, runny nose, or sneezing; goose bumps and abnormal skin sensations; hallucinations; nausea; vomiting; pain; rigid muscles; rapid heartbeat; seizures; shivering or tremors; sweating; and trouble sleeping.
Possible side effects of Fioricet with Codeine:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; intoxicated feeling; light-headedness; mild stomach pain; nausea; vomiting.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing or swallowing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); change in the amount of urine produced; confusion; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; mental or mood changes (eg, agitation, anxiety, depression); numbness or tingling; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; ringing in the ears; seizures; severe or persistent constipation; severe or persistent dizziness, drowsiness, headache, or light-headedness; shortness of breath; slow, shallow, or difficult breathing; sluggishness; symptoms of liver problems (eg, yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark urine, pale stools, loss of appetite, severe or persistent nausea or stomach pain); tremors; trouble urinating; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness; vision changes.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include bluish skin or nails; cold and clammy skin; coma; confusion; decreased urination; delirium; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; limp muscles; loss of consciousness; pinpoint pupils; restlessness; seizures; severe drowsiness, dizziness, or light-headedness; severe or persistent nausea or vomiting; shortness of breath; slow, shallow, or difficult breathing; symptoms of liver problems (eg, yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark urine, pale stools, loss of appetite, severe or persistent stomach pain); tremor; trouble sleeping; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual sweating or tiredness.Proper storage of Fioricet with Codeine:
Store Fioricet with Codeine at room temperature, below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Fioricet with Codeine out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Fioricet with Codeine, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Fioricet with Codeine is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Fioricet with Codeine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Fioricet with Codeine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Fioricet with Codeine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Fioricet with Codeine.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
More Fioricet with Codeine resources
- Fioricet with Codeine Prescribing Information (FDA)
- Fioricet with Codeine Concise Consumer Information (Cerner Multum)
- Fioricet with Codeine Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
- Phrenilin with Caffeine and Codeine Prescribing Information (FDA)