Someone close to me is a recovering addict and has supposedly been taking fioricet for tension headaches. They claim it contains small traces of hyrocodone or hydromorphone but, I cannot find any information online stating either of those substances is an ingredient in this drug. I know it contains a barbiturate that can be addicting and this person's pupils have been very dialated after they claim to have taken this drug but, I suspect they are using other chemicals. Any help would be apprecitated. Thanks!
No. Plain Fioricet or Fiorinal do not have any hydrocodone or hydromorphone in them. There are some that will be labeled as Fiorinal #3 or Fioricet #3 that contain codeine. Plain Fioricet just has acetaminophen, butalbital (which is a very mild barbiturate) and caffeine. Fiorinal has all the same but instead of acetaminophen it has aspirin. Butalbital, acetaminophen, and caffeine may enhance the effects of: other opioid analgesics, alcohol, general anesthetics, tranquilizers such as chlordiazepoxide, sedative-hypnotics, or other CNS depressants, causing increased CNS depression. So this person may be using them to potentiate other drugs. If I remember right, opioids cause pupils to restrict and become very small but barbiturates cause them to dilate and become large. I would think for a recovering addict, this would still be a dangerous drug because it can still be subject to abuse because of the butalbital it contains. If they are taking large amounts of this drug they will feel intoxicated.
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