Fioricet 40 mg


Fioricet 40 mg is a blue round-shaped medical pill used for the treatment of severe pain that can sometimes be chronic too. This pill works by reacting and manipulating the brain cells in such a way that do not sense the medicine. You can take this pill only after the prescription from the doctor. But before consuming the pill make sure that the medicine dosage and timing is prescribed by your doctor only after a proper checkup.

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Fioricet 40 mg is an analgesic pill of circular shape which is a combination of three active ingredients. These are acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine which are utilized for treating moderately severe to severe pain and tension headaches. All three are active ingredients of the Fioricet pill.

Storage Instruction of 40 mg Fioricet:

Keep out of the reach of people with a drug abuse or addiction history. Always store the medicines in a room of controlled temperature without humidity at 20-25 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit- 77 degrees Fahrenheit).

How does 40 mg of Fioricet Pill Work?

The working and action of this Fioricet drug is threefold as it has 3 active ingredients. Firstly, Acetaminophen is an analgesic and antipyretic that acts as a pain reliever and reduces fever as well. Moreover, Butalbital(belonging to a group of drugs called barbiturates) functions by relaxing muscles that are involved in a tension headache. This butalbital depressant effect on the Central Nervous System. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant that improves blood flow by relaxing muscle contractions in blood vessels.

How To Take The Fioricet 40:

Some important points are to be remembered while taking your pill of Fioricet 40 mg. These are as follows:

  • First of all, always read the instructions and details mentioned on the pack of the drug. The prescription label that comes with the drugs is a must-read.
  • The most highlighted point is that one should avoid abuse/overdose or consuming more than the prescribed maximum daily dose.
  • Never share your dose with anyone in any condition. Without an appropriate prescription, It could be life-threatening for the consumer to take Fioricet 40 mg pill.
  • Take your pills/dose according to the doctor’s prescription in whichever way it is recommended.

Side Effects of Fioricet Blue Pill:

Fioricet 40mg has some common to uncommon, from mild to severely intense side effects. These are as given further:

Commonly experienced and reported side effects of this pill are drowsiness, lightheadedness, dizziness, sedation, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, intoxicated feeling, lightheadedness, and drowsiness. Apart from these, some of the uncommon side effects include agitation, confusion, excitement, depression, sluggishness, seizure, numbness, dry mouth, heartburn, constipation, tachycardia, muscle fatigue, and euphoria.

Avoid discontinuing these pills without a doctor’s advice and completion of your treatment course. Otherwise, some withdrawal symptoms can occur.

Withdrawal Symptoms of Blue 40mg Fioricet:

All three active ingredients, acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine, of Fioricet 40mg pills/medicine have some kind of withdrawal symptom. Collectively they produce the following Withdrawal symptoms, these are are:

  • Intense Pain
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Suicidal Tendencies
  • Interactions

Which medicines interact with 40 mg Fioricet?

Drug interaction is one of the most important aspects to keep in mind when one is going to consume any medicine/remedy for disease management. Fioricet blue pill 40 mg has the potential to interact with alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or other narcotic medications. So avoiding taking Fioricet with alcohol simultaneously is best as the interaction of Fioricet 40 mg pill with alcohol may result in CNS depression.

As acetaminophen can interact with Monoamine oxidase(MAO) inhibitors. Using these drugs simultaneously can result in the amplification of their effect on the patient’s body, physiologically and psychologically as well. So it is strictly advised to not consume the pill at all if you have consumed MAO inhibitors in the past 14 days. These MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, and tranylcypromine.

Warnings And Precautions of Fioricet 40 mg?

Fioricet 40 mg is a combination of multiple active ingredients, which are acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine, that makes the patient susceptible to more side effects or unwarranted outcomes. Here are some precautionary measures with warnings about how to use and when to use them.

  • Heavy doses or sometimes a regular dose of this medicine may result in impairing the physical and mental abilities. So it is recommended not to drive vehicles, especially heavy vehicles, or operate any machinery. Also, do not take beyond the maximum limit which is 4000 mg for acetaminophen as it may cause hepatotoxicity.
  • Some segments of the population namely geriatric and pregnant are at higher risk of side effects. Moreover, the risk of toxicity is very likely in elderly people as their metabolism depletes with age.
  • If one is consuming the pill during pregnancy it could be life-threatening for the infant/baby as withdrawal symptoms may occur. Apart from this, the presence of breast milk in a small amount is found in baby serum during a study. However, the effect or impact of the same is still unknown. So it is advised to not utilize this drug during pregnancy.
  • Butalbital, one of the active ingredients, belongs to the barbiturates class of drugs. It may produce an increased tolerance that may gradually result in overdose demand making the patient psychologically and physically dependent.
  • People/Patients with renal and haptic impairment should avoid these pills. Also, it is not suitable for patients with unhealthy abdominal conditions, hypersensitivity, and anaphylaxis.
  • Avoid this medicine if you have a medical history of Porphyria. Using it may result in exacerbating your health like skin reactions, rashes swelling on the face respiratory distress, and vomiting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.1. How Many Fioricet 40 Mg Can I Take At One Time?

One can take a maximum of 6 tablets per day, only 1 or 2 pills every 4 hours. Doing so will protect you from the severe side effects of the pill.

Q.2. For how long will one 40 mg Fioricet stay in your system?

Complete elimination of this pill from the patient’s body may take 3-4 days because various ingredients have different half-lives. Acetaminophen has a half-life of about 1.25 to 3 hours while Butalbital has a half-life of about 35 hours.

Q.3. Can Fioricet 40 mg be given in pain relieving treatment for teenagers?

Fioricet medicine can be used in people as young as 12 years old. So teenagers may take this pill with an appropriate prescription from a medical practitioner.

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