Fioricet - Side Effects
Fioricet, an opiod drug used to control moderate and severe pain, has a number of side effects that anybody using it should be aware of. Familiarizing yourself with the side effects of the medication before beginning it is ideal, and maintaining awareness of them during the course of your treatment is also wise. While most side effects are experienced either mildly or not at all, there is the possibility that there could be adverse effects that cause more serious complications. 71% of patients taking fioricet have some sort of side effect, and although a vast majority of these patients find the symptoms manageable, if you are in any doubt about whether you are experiencing normal fioricet side effects you should seek medical help.
The most common side effect from fioricet is drowsiness, which is experienced by 17% of fioricet patients. This is because of the drug&;s analgesic effects on the body. Drowsiness can be dangerous if you operate vehicles, machinery, or work a physically demanding job, so exercise caution while performing these activities while taking fioricet. 17% of people also report nausea while taking fioricet. Your doctor may advise you to take fioricet with a meal or small snack to help ease nausea, but caution should be used while taking over-the-counter or other medications to try to alleviate the nausea, as these drugs may interact adversely with fioricet. Ask a doctor before taking any other medications if you have nausea.
Dizziness is also a commonly reported side effect, so moving around while on fioricet should be done with caution. Do not sit or stand up suddenly; make sudden head movements, and be extremely careful when driving or carrying objects. If you are in doubt about whether you will be able to maintain focus without becoming dizzy, perform any tasks that require good coordination.
Also commonly reported are headaches, ranging from mild to severe. As with nausea, many people try to alleviate these with other medications, but be sure to ask a doctor before doing so to avoid any unpleasant interactions with fioricet.
More serious side effects include seizures, hallucinations, swelling of the tongue, and difficulty breathing or swallowing. Although these side effects are much rarer than the ones listed above, they are still things to be aware of while taking fioricet. If you experience them, you should seek emergency medical help, as they pose very serious dangers to your health and even your life.
Overall, exercise caution while taking fioricet, as you would with any drug, and always be aware of the possible adverse effects so that danger to yourself and others is minimized. Doing so should ensure a safe treatment with the drug.