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Information provided below is courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Fioricet Overview

Fioricet Addiction TreatmentFioricet is a prescription medication that typically treats tension headaches. Fioricet is typically only prescribed for short periods because it holds the potential for developed addiction and/or dependence. While Fioricet is prescribed and should only be used under doctor instruction, many people illegally obtain and abuse the drug without a prescription.

Addictive Qualities

The medication is also available with codeine, which is an opiate painkiller. The ingredients in Fioricet work to depress the central nervous system to cause relaxation, tension relief and sleepiness.With some prescriptions, doctors will typically increase dosages or the frequency at which they are taken; however, Fioricet is most commonly stopped because of its addictive properties.

Dependence and Tolerance

Most commonly, addiction and dependency can arise in individuals who take Fioricet for prolonged amounts of time. The human body begins building tolerance very quickly and after just a couple of weeks, regular dosages do not make as much of an impact as they did at the start of treatment. With some prescriptions, doctors will typically increase dosages or the frequency at which they are taken; however, Fioricet is most commonly stopped because of its addictive properties.

Effects of Fioricet Abuse

Short-Term Effects

Fioricet produces a range of effects that include relaxation, muscle relaxation, sleepiness and languid body sensation. It can however also have ranges of adverse side effects that can be considered mild and less serious, or intense and more serious. Less serious side effects should be monitored regardless of being considered mild. If they worsen or become particularly intense, a doctor should be consulted before continuing the medication. Below are less serious side effects:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Dry mouth
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling drunk
  • Headache

There are more serious side effects that are considered hazardous and dangerous for health. Some can even lead to death. If an individual experiences any of the following side effects while taking Fioricet, the medication should be stopped and medical attention should be sought immediately.

  • Fast, pounding or uneven heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dark Urine
  • Itching
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
  • Easy bruising or bleeding
  • Unusual weakness
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Body aches or other flu symptoms
Long-Term Effects

Fioricet has a few long-term effects that are hazardous to health. Other than addiction, Fioricet can have negative long term effects such as liver, kidney and heart damage. These can result in organ failure including heart attack and potentially seizure. Other negative long-term effects include:

  • Memory problems
  • Loss of coordination
  • Slowed reflexes and reaction speeds

Withdrawal and Detoxification

Withdrawal from Fioricet in those who are dependent and/ or addicted to the medication can begin in as little as 16 hours after the last dose. An individual can experience a range of withdrawal symptoms, ranging from mild discomfort, to intense pain and discomfort. Especially if Fioricet was combined with other substances such as alcohol or other prescription painkillers, withdrawal symptoms can be particularly difficult to deal with. The best way to detox from Fioricet is to be steadily weaned-off of the medication. This can be accomplished effectively at a medically managed detoxification facility, which is highly advised to be utilized by an individual seeking help for dependence or addiction to Fioricet. By gradually reducing the amount of medication needed, many of the following symptoms can be avoided or experienced only at minimal intensity.

Typical withdrawal symptoms from Fioricet include:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach
  • Cramps
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations

Aside from a detoxification in a medical setting being helpful in slowly decreasing the levels of Fioricet in the body, it is also beneficial that medical personnel are able to supervise and oversee detoxification to ensure that the individual and those around them are safe during the initial stages of recovery.

At A Center for Addiction Recovery we help clients with a Fioricet addiction to discover or rediscover the original problem or problems. Next we teach them how to overcome their problems with real-life solutions by equipping them with tools and life skills to confront and handle common obstacles encountered in life. Only when both the underlying reasons for the Fioricet addiction and the Fioricet addiction problem are resolved can a person become a healthy and happy member of society.

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