A combination drug called Fiorinal is often prescribed by doctors to patients suffering with headaches and tension that derives from muscle contractions. It is made up of three components – each with a unique mechanism of action:
- Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), or more commonly known as aspirin, that acts as a pain reliever
- Caffeine which is included to increase the pain-relieving effect of the acetylsalicylic acid
- Butalbital which is a barbiturate drug that acts as a relaxant
Of note is the barbiturate component. Barbiturates produce a state of relaxation by affecting neurotransmitters in the user’s brain that allow nerves to communicate with each other. Extended use can lead to complications for the user. While all the components are generally safe, Fiorinal can be addictive because of the barbiturate component. Added usage beyond the initial two weeks can allow the user’s body to build up a tolerance to the drug. As it becomes more tolerant, higher doses are needed to achieve the same effect. If a person begins to take more or takes the drug more frequently, the tolerance further builds up and the body becomes physically dependent on Fiorinal. This dependency then leads to an addiction and, because it is barbiturate-based, it can be difficult to stop using. Barbiturate withdrawal can have serious symptoms including anxiety, restlessness, excessive sweating, insomnia, hallucinations, irritability, psychosis, tremors, and seizure.
Proper care to stop misuse of Fiorinal should include help from medical and mental health professionals as the psychological urge to continue use can be quite strong.
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