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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Fiorinal
Fiorinal [posted 1/14/99]
Answer: Fiorinal is a combination of butalbital, aspirin and caffeine. Aspirin and caffeine are familiar to most, so I'll focus on butalbital. Butalbital is a barbiturate, a drug class used for seizures and sedation. In this medication, it is used for sedation and possibly muscle relaxation. It should be used with caution in patients with liver or renal impairment. Side effects are mainly decreased mental focusing, drowsiness, and vertigo. Occasional patients will experience very distinct reactions to aspirin, which is a separate problem. Barbiturates are potentially habit forming and should be avoided with alcohol.
Answer: Usually as a pain relief rather than a muscle relaxant. The muscles may relax somewhat if the pain is removed.
Answer: In larger doses over time yes. In small doses for limited time generally no.
Answer: Fiorinal is a brand name of Sandoz. The formulation of Fiorinal is butabital 50 mg, caffeine 40 mg, and aspirin 325 mg. Your pills are a generic form of "Fiorinal".
Answer: Fiorinal is a combination of butalbital(a short acting barbiturate)
aspirin and caffeine. Caffeine is used since it appears to help migraine headaches as well
as potentate the effects of aspirin. Any drug can suppress sex drive; but, this isn't a
major side effect.
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