Fioricet contains a combination of acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer. Butalbital is in a group of drugs called barbiturates. It relaxes muscle contractions involved in a tension headache. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. It relaxes muscle contractions in blood vessels to improve blood flow.

Fioricet is used to treat tension headaches that are caused by muscle contractions.

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    Lightheadedness
    shortness of breath
    Incidence not known
    Abdominal or stomach pain
    black, tarry stools
    bleeding gums
    blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
    blood in the urine or stools
    blurred vision
    change in the frequency of urination or amount of urine
    chills
    cough
    diarrhea
    difficulty with breathing
    difficulty with swallowing
    dizziness
    drowsiness
    dry mouth
    fainting
    fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
    flushed or dry skin
    fruit-like breath odor
    hives, itching, or skin rash
    increased hunger
    increased thirst
    increased urination
    joint or muscle pain
    loss of appetite
    nausea or vomiting
    pinpoint red spots on the skin
    puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    red skin lesions, often with a purple center
    red, irritated eyes
    seizures
    shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
    sore throat
    sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
    sweating
    swelling of the feet or lower legs
    tightness in the chest
    trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
    troubled breathing
    unexplained weight loss
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    weakness
    If any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking acetaminophen / butalbital / caffeine, get emergency help immediately:

    Symptoms of overdose
    Confusion as to time, place, or person
    dark urine
    difficult or painful urination
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
    fever
    general feeling of discomfort or illness
    hallucinations
    headache
    holding false beliefs that cannot be changed by fact
    increased sweating
    irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
    light-colored stools
    loss of appetite
    pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin
    restlessness
    sudden decrease in the amount of urine
    sweating
    trouble sleeping
    unpleasant breath odor
    unusual excitement, nervousness, or restlessness
    vomiting of blood
    yellow eyes or skin
    Some of the side effects that can occur with acetaminophen / butalbital / caffeine may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common
    Relaxed and calm
    sleepiness
    Incidence not known
    Anxiety
    bloated
    constipation
    continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
    depression
    earache
    excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
    false or unusual sense of well-being
    full feeling
    hearing loss
    heartburn
    heavy eyelids
    high energy
    hot spells
    hyperventilation
    irritability
    numbness
    pain in the leg
    passing gas
    sluggishness
    stuffy nose
    tingling sensation
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