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When did Fioricet become Schedule III med. My doctor thought it wasn't controlled?

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WildcatVet 16 Aug 2018

"Butalbital may be habit-forming. Never share Fioricet with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Selling or giving away Fioricet is against the law.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Butalbital is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription."
"According to the FDA, the issue boils down to a specific ratio of aspirin or acetaminophen to butalbital. Fiorinal® is required to have at least 188 mg of aspirin for every 15 mg of butalbital (188:15) to meet CSA exemption. The ratio needed for Fioricet® is 70 mg of acetaminophen for every 15 mg of butalbital (70:15). These ratios were based on what the FDA believed were adequate amounts of nonnarcotic to reduce the abuse potential of butalbital."


Nonetheless, there is a great potential for abuse, habituation, and acetaminophen toxicity. Use exactly as prescribed.

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chuck1957 11 Dec 2013

Erinolucas this is a strange one it depends what state you live in it is a sch III in oregon and washington the one with codeine always has been but due to the abuse of fioricet the butalibatal in the fioicet it was put on sehIII last sept.

chuck1957 oregon retired pharmacy technician

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kaismama 11 Dec 2013

You know what Chuck, I'm getting really tired of individual states making their own rules. We have the DEA, we don't need any more help they are idiot enough.

chuck1957 11 Dec 2013

that is a fact Kasm..its hard enough keeping tract of all the Dea,then the state or local gov decides to do something plus many times in my shipment they would send me bottles that were not marked sch of any kind so you would really have to be on the ball to make sure everyone knew in was a sch just here.

DzooBaby 10 Dec 2013

Fioricet with codeine is a schedule III. Are you looking at Fioricet #3 or Fioricet with codeine? Plain Fioricet is not controlled as far as the literature I have.

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chuck1957 11 Dec 2013

hey all this is one in the pharmacy we call a fuzzy one like soma, in oregon and washington are the only states i know these are sch iii due to the abuse in fact some manuf.well send it to us with out label as a sch iii it is our job to know it is a schii da da.. this is a state by state chuck1957 retir phcy tech.

kaismama 10 Dec 2013

I just updated my drug program yesterday and I don't show it as a schedule anything, just a prescription drug.

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kaismama 10 Dec 2013

In the case that it has codeine in it, its the codeine that's controlled. free discount card

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