great for curing tension headaches, but makes me feel a little drunk.
Fioricet ( Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine ) is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act, and belongs to the drug class of analgesic combinations.
Acetaminophen belongs to the drug class of miscellaneous analgesics.
Butalbital is in a group of drugs called barbiturates. It relaxes muscle contractions involved in a tension headache.
Caffeine belongs to the drug class of CNS stimulants.
Read more at: https://www.drugs.com/fioricet.html
There is a form of Fioricet that has codeine in it. If you have plain Fioricet it doesnt have codeine but it does have butalbital which is a mild barbiturate and it can make you feel like you are a little drunk. Fioricet with codeine or Fioricet #3 has 30mg of codeine in it as well as all the other ingredients that plain Fioricet has and codeine is a Schedule 3 opioid (or narcotic). If you are unsure of which kind you have, you can ask your pharmacist. With both kinds, Fioricet and Fioricet #3, you should not drive or do any activities that require you to be alert until you know how you react to the medication so if it makes you feel woozy, you shouldnt perform any tasks that require you to be alert like drive.
The US government makes this confusing, and their scheduling is nonsensical. (as always).
New formulations of Fioricet (300mg acetaminophen, 50mg butalbital, 40mg caffeine) are scheduled CIII.
Old formulations of Fioricet (325mg acetaminophen, 50mg butalbital, 40mg caffeine) are NOT a controlled substance. 25mg more acetaminophen means it is not scheduled.
An easier answer: Fioricet CAPSULES are new formulation. The capsules are scheduled CIII.
Fioricet TABLETS are old formulation, and are NOT a controlled substance.
It should be a controlled substance because of the butalbital,however, it is not a controlled substance. You can get a prescription that most people would have for a month at a time and in about a week or so you can go get it refilled without a problem at all. Some pharmacists will not refill it that quickly, put it this way I've never had a problem getting it refilled early, significantly early
- Fioricet Information for Consumers
- Fioricet Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Fioricet (detailed)
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