Fioricet contains a combination of acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer.
Butalbital is in a group of drugs called barbiturates. It relaxes muscle contractions involved in a tension headache. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. It relaxes muscle contractions in blood vessels to improve blood flow.
Fioricet is used to treat tension headaches that are caused by muscle contractions.
When taking butalbital, you may experience withdrawal symptoms 8 to 36 hours after the last dose. Withdrawal symptoms may include anxiety, muscle twitching, tremor, weakness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, weight loss, and even seizures when the medication is discontinued.
Due to the risk of seizures with a withdrawal from butalbital, medical treatment in a monitored setting under the care of a physician is indicated.
Fioricet can cause withdrawal symptoms if taken for long periods of time.
Withdrawal happens as a result of physical changes to homeostasis. The body tries to maintain balance in all organ systems, which is forced to change when taking the Fioricet.
In order to maintain this balance, the body takes into account the effects of Fioricet to change the body’s equilibrium. Once the Fioricet is removed, the body falls out of equilibrium in the other direction, often becoming ill.
In most cases, Fioricet withdrawal lasts anywhere from 8 hours to three days after the last dose. Withdrawal is the biggest obstacle to overcoming dependence on Fioricet, which is why rehab centers provide detox programs so that people can safely undergo the withdrawal cycle without the risk of relapse. It is best to undergo withdrawal under medical supervision because some withdrawal symptoms are dangerous.
Symptoms of Fioricet Withdrawal
- Mood changes
- Suicidal thought
- Muscle spasms
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid emotional changes
- Seizures (in rare cases)