Fiorinal may become habit-forming due to the euphoric effects caused by codeine and butalbital.
When a person has a prescription for Fiorinal, it is important for them to follow the directions carefully since butalbital and codeine do have a risk for abuse. Butalbital is a barbiturate, which is a central nervous system depressant. Barbiturates bind to nerve receptors and, by doing so, cause muscle relaxation and slow the heart rate, blood pressure and breathing. Codeine is a narcotic pain reliever that binds to nerve receptors which affect pain signals. Both drugs can provide a powerful euphoric effect and each one alone has a high risk of addiction and dependence. Taking Fiorinal as directed greatly reduces the risk of substance abuse.
Someone taking Fiorinal may experience side effects that include:
- Dizziness (lightheadedness)
Fiorinal may cause severe side effects, although they are rare. Contact a doctor or seek medical attention if any of the following side effects occur:
- Mental confusion (disorientation)
- Black or bloody stools
- Inability to keep balance
- Severe abdominal pain
- Vomiting that looks like coffee grounds
- Irregular heartbeat
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If someone who is struggling with addiction suddenly stops taking Fiorinal, the absence of the medication leads to unpleasant withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, sweating, shaking (tremors), vomiting and insomnia.
Overdosing from Fiorinal is possible since both codeine and butalbital slow the heart rate.
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