What is Fiorinal prescribed for? This combination medication is used to treat tension headaches. Aspirin helps to decrease the pain from the headache. Caffeine helps increase the effects of aspirin. Butalbital is a sedative that helps to decrease anxiety and cause sleepiness and relaxation.
What is the generic for Fiorinal? Fiorinal (butalbital / aspirin / caffeine) and Fioricet (butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine) are both combination medications used to treat and relieve tension headaches, but the pain-relieving ingredient is different.
What kind of drug is Fiorinal? Fiorinal with Codeine (butalbital, aspirin, caffeine, and codeine phosphate) is a combination of a pain reliever/anti-inflammatory/fever reducer, a barbiturate, a vasoconstrictor, and a narcotic pain reliever (opiate-type) used to relieve complex tension headaches. Fiorinal with Codeine is available in generic form.
Why is Fiorinal controlled and not Fioricet? Fioricet controlled substance classification
Fioricet, due to it containing acetaminophen instead of aspirin and the ratio of butalbital to acetaminophen being smaller than that of aspirin (found in Fiorinal), makes it exempt from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Scheduling system.