What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine?
The combination of Butalbital, caffeine, acetaminophen, and codeine is given the brand name Fioricet. The combination is an amazing headache reliever. It is usually the first choice of the doctors for curing tension and anxiety headaches. Butalbitalis very effective but is equally dangerous if misused or taken in a wrong manner. Therefore, you should consult the doctor and inform him about your health (present and past), thoroughly to prevent your body to face anything unwelcoming and harmful.
You should ask your doctor for the following problems if you have or have had any of them in your life:
- If you suffer from any respiratory diseases or enzyme disorders.
- Kidney diseases, genetic abnormalities or diseases.
- History of alcohol abuse or drug abuse.
- If you suffer from frequent emotional breakdowns or experience uncontrolled mood swings, do not forget to inform the doctor about this problem.
- Stomach ulcers.
- Heart diseases.
People suffering from the above-mentioned problems will most likely be asked not to use Fioricet. But, you can surely go according to the doctor’s advice.
Also, if you have had any long term treatment, surgery or had been put on steroids or other medications, ask your doctor if using the butalbital pills is recommendable for you or not.
Always talk to your doctor if you want to give Fioricet to a child or an elderly patient. However, you should know that the compound drug is not made for children of less than 12 years. Even the elder people should be given the drug with precautions.