Fioricet is a combination medication commonly used to treat tension headaches but doctors also recommend it for recurring migraines.
Acetaminophen is used to decrease the pain associated with muscular tension and caffeine increases the efficiency of the pain-killing effect. The last constituent of Fioricet is butalbital, a powerful sedative having the property to reduce anxiety and induce relaxation. This barbiturate is also responsible for the sleepiness appearing after Fioricet intake. Fioricet is available as tablets for oral administration, to be taken whole, by mouth, with or without food.
The recommended dosage is of 1-2 tablets every 4 hours or as the doctor prescribes. Fioricet treatments can cause nausea and this is why most patients prefer to take this medication without food. Talking to the doctor about the nausea problem could lead to finding out essential information on how to reduce this unwanted effect. In fact, he/she can prescribe antihistamines for the nausea but there is also the possibility of lying down one hour after taking the medication.