Fioricet and Alcohol

Fioricet and Alcohol - Side Effects

Fioricet is an opioid analgesic drug used to treat moderate and severe pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and other conditions. Rarely, it is also used as a substitute for antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, although this is only done when more traditional treatments have been ineffective. It is believed that fioricet is one of the more effective pain medications because it prolongs signals of serotonin and norepinephrine, which causes an increase in mood and thus a higher pain threshold. In addition, fioricet does not cause histamine to be released in the body. Histamine release is the cause of many allergic reactions such as itching and rash, which means that these side effects are not as common with fioricet as they are with other pain relievers.

Despite these advantages, fioricet is still a narcotic drug, which means that drinking alcohol while using it poses serious dangers. The combined sedating effects of alcohol and fioricet can cause excessive drowsiness, nausea, and even unconsciousness much faster than they would occur while using fioricet or alcohol alone. Alcohol can also cause fioricet to become more potent, which can exacerbate side effects such as tachycardia, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and blood pressure problems. Simultaneous use of alcohol and fioricet can also increase the chance of a fioricet overdose, both because of the potentiating effects of alcohol and because the alcohol may decrease judgment in the user and cause the person to take more fioricet than needed.

Patients who take psychiatric medications such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anti-anxiety drugs need to check with their doctor before taking fioricet, as the possibility for negative interactions between the drugs is high. Patients with mood disorders, anxiety, or other psychological disorders should also use extreme caution when taking fioricet. Because of the way fioricet affects brain chemistry, psychological conditions may worsen, develop, or otherwise change when fioricet is used. Be sure to tell the doctor prescribing you fioricet about any psychiatric medications or disorders so that negative effects can be minimized.

Fioricet and Alcohol - Side Effects

Side Effects

In addition, patients who have alcohol dependency or a history of alcohol abuse are advised against taking fioricet if other options for pain relief are available. Because fioricet is a narcotic, it poses the possibility of dependence and tolerance, just as other morphine-based pain medications do. For this reason, patients who are prone to substance abuse or dependence should try other alternatives before using fioricet to relieve their pain. If fioricet must be used, then careful monitoring of the patient should take place over the course of the treatment, including watching for signs of tolerance, increases in dosage, and selling of the medication.

Patients who take psychiatric medications such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anti-anxiety drugs need to check with their doctor before taking fioricet, as the possibility for negative interactions between the drugs is high. Patients with mood disorders, anxiety, or other psychological disorders should also use extreme caution when taking fioricet. Because of the way fioricet affects brain chemistry, psychological conditions may worsen, develop, or otherwise change when fioricet is used. Be sure to tell the doctor prescribing you fioricet about any psychiatric medications or disorders so that negative effects can be minimized.