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Effects of Fiorinal Abuse

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Fiorinal is a prescription medication that contains butalbital, aspirin, and caffeine. The primary purpose of Fiorinal is to treat and relieve symptoms of tension headache. Tension headaches are also sometimes called stress headaches because they usually happen when an individual experiences a great deal of stress. These headaches can cause mild to moderate pain and a sensation of tightness around the sides, front, and back of the head.

How Does Fiorinal Work?

The butalbital in Fiorinal is in a class of drugs known as barbiturates. While barbiturates, including butalbital on its own, have fallen out of medical use more recently, some combination medications, such as Fiorinal, still contain them. Butalbital has sedative properties and works to calm down the user, reduce anxiety, and relieve tension.

On top of butalbital, Fiorinal contains aspirin, a common over-the-counter pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, and fever reducer. 40 mg of caffeine is added to increase the effectiveness of the aspirin in the pill and improve blood flow. There are also formulations of Fiorinal that contain the opioid codeine, which is meant to enhance the medication’s pain-relieving effects.

Fiorinal Abuse and Effects

Fiorinal has been deemed a Schedule III controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act in the United States. This designation means that it has a moderate-high abuse potential, can cause low-moderate physical dependence, and high psychological dependence.

Fiorinal is sometimes abused because of the butalbital and sometimes the codeine that it contains. When taken in excessive doses, butalbital can cause feelings of deep relaxation and euphoria. Likewise, large quantities of codeine can produce feelings of reward and pleasure.

Substance abuse occurs when an individual takes more of the substance than prescribed or takes it via an unapproved route of administration, such as crushing and snorting. All use of prescription drugs without a prescription also constitutes abuse. Abuse of a substance tends to increase the frequency of side effects the user experiences.

Side effects associated with Fiorinal abuse range from mild to severe and may include the following:

  • Black or bloody stools
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • General weakness
  • Impaired balance
  • Impaired coordination
  • Irregular heart rhythms
  • Itching
  • Jitteriness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rash
  • Stomach pain
  • Tremors
  • Trouble breathing
  • Upset stomach

Fiorinal Dependence and Withdrawal

Long-term use and abuse of Fiorinal can lead to a condition called physical or chemical dependence. Fiorinal dependence can be a case of barbiturate dependence, opioid dependence, or both, depending on whether or not it is formulated with codeine.

Dependence occurs when the body becomes accustomed to the constant presence of a drug, such as butalbital and codeine, and in response, ceases its own production of the chemicals that the drug provides. If a dependent user attempts to quit “cold turkey” or cut back their dose, they will experience unpleasant, often painful withdrawal symptoms.

Butalbital withdrawal symptoms may include the following:

  • Agitation
  • Delirium tremens
  • Excessive sweating
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Severe rebound headache
  • Tremors

Withdrawal from any barbiturate, including butalbital, can be fatal. Therefore, never attempt to detox from Fiorinal at home. If you wish to stop abusing Fiorinal, do so only under medical supervision.

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Codeine withdrawal symptoms may include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Excessive sweating
  • Excessive yawning
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Runny nose
  • Teary eyes

Codeine withdrawal symptoms aren’t considered as dangerous as those of butalbital, but they can be miserable. The desire to escape or delay withdrawal symptoms is often the driving force behind relapses for those who become addicted to Fiorinal or other drugs.

Fiorinal Overdose

Butalbital and codeine are both central nervous system (CNS) depressants. Consuming too much of either substance too fast can depress the CNS to dangerous levels. Also, taking Fiorinal with other CNS depressants, such as other opioids, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, or alcohol, dramatically increases overdose risk.

Note that many of the symptoms of barbiturate and opioid overdose overlap. If you or a loved one experiences any of the signs and symptoms of overdose, call 911 immediately.

Warning signs and symptoms of Fiorinal overdose may include the following:

  • Bluish lips and fingernails
  • Clouded thoughts
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Coma
  • Decreased consciousness
  • Decreased urine output
  • Dilated or pinpoint pupils
  • Poor coordination
  • Poor balance
  • Respiratory failure
  • Shallow breathing
  • Slurred speech
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Uncontrollable vomiting
  • Vertigo
  • Weak and rapid pulse

Aspirin Toxicity

In addition to the dangers of butalbital and codeine overdose, consuming large amounts of aspirin can result in life-threatening toxicity and other gastrointestinal issues.

Symptoms of aspirin toxicity include the following:

  • Agitation
  • Bleeding in GI tract
  • Bloody vomit
  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • Fever
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Hallucinations
  • Low blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Wheezing

Treatment for Substance Abuse and Addiction

Abuse of Fiorinal or other substances can lead to a potentially deadly overdose or a devastating addiction. If you or a loved one is abusing Fiorinal or another substance and struggling to quit, we urge you to seek professional treatment today.

Just Believe Detox and Just Believe Recovery are specialized addiction rehab centers that offer comprehensive, individualized treatment programs in residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient formats that include many evidence-based services, such as the following:

  • Medical detox
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Individual counseling
  • Family counseling
  • 12-step group meetings
  • Substance abuse education
  • Health and wellness education
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Art and music therapy
  • Relapse prevention
  • Aftercare planning
  • Alumni events

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If you or a loved one need help with substance abuse and/or treatment, please contact Just Believe Recovery at (888) 380-0667. Our specialists can assess your individual needs and help you get the treatment that provides the best chance for long-term recovery.

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