Fioricet Uses

Fioricet is Used to Treat Tension Headache

(Note: Migraine is a non FDA labeled use of Fioricet)

Tension headaches are a common type of headache, which involve pain and muscle tightness in the head, scalp or neck. They may occur only once in a while or more often and may be described as chronic. Fioricet may temporarily relieve some symptoms but chronic use is not recommended due to potential dependence on the butalbital ingredient.


Learn more about Fioricet and Drug Dependence here.

Fioricet is not used for migraine prevention. Fioricet is only used as a non-FDA approved medication for symptom treatment (pain relief and relaxation) once a migraine headache has begun. Fioricet does not relieve migraine symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and/or noise. The sedative effects of Fioricet may make you sleepy and it may be difficult for you to perform normal daily activities. Other migraine specific medications such as triptans (for example, sumatriptan, zolmitriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, almotriptan) and dihydroergotamine treat the underlying cause of migraines and can sometimes reverse and relieve the migraine process. Fioricet does not treat the underlying cause of migraines.


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Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010. Click the References Link below for a complete list of references.

Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010.
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