Fiorinal – FAQ

Fiorinal is a combination drug used in the treatment of headaches and tension from muscle contraction. It contains three components that help it achieve the desired effect for a patient: acetylsalicylic acid (ASA, or aspirin) which is included as a pain reliever; caffeine which increases the effectiveness of the ASA component; and butalbital which is a barbiturate drug used as a relaxant.

Because of the barbiturate component, Fiorinal can be habit forming if not taken exactly as prescribed, which is typically not for any longer than two weeks. Barbiturates act on the user’s brain to produce a state of relaxation by affecting neurotransmitters that allow nerves to communicate with each other. Longer use can cause a person’s body to become tolerant to the drug – and possibly dependent on it. Misuse can lead to a person seeking to take more of this drug or taking it more often to achieve the results they desire. If tolerance and then dependency take place, an addiction to barbiturates has occurred. Individuals sometimes continue to use Fiorinal to avoid the unpleasant side effects associated with detoxification from this drug.

Side effects of withdrawing use of Fiorinal can be serious and may include excessive sweating, sleeplessness, restlessness, anxiety, irritability, hallucinations, tremors, psychosis, and seizure.

To help stop the cycle of misuse and any psychological urges to continue use, care needs to be taken to ensure a proper program is in place for assisting with withdrawal symptoms.

If you are looking to learn more or find help for someone who may have an addiction to Fiorinal, we have answers. Call the hotline at The Recovery Village today to speak with a specialist who can assist you.