In some cases, Fioricet may be used as a migraine treatment, but it’s not a first or even second choice among physicians. There are a few reasons.
First, as was touched on above, Fioricet is primarily used for the treatment of tension headaches, which are very different from migraines.
A lot of doctors feel that Fioricet doesn’t even necessarily work on migraine pain. There are a lot of other treatment options that are more specifically for the treatment of migraines, and they work in ways that are different from Fioricet.
According to the FDA, Fioricet isn’t approved for the treatment of migraines at all.
It may have some benefits for migraine sufferers in that it can provide them with a sense of physiological calmness because of how it works on the central nervous system, but there again are better ways to treat migraines.
Another reason Fioricet isn’t necessarily an ideal migraine treatment is because of the risks that come with it.
Butalbital is a substance that can be habit-forming, and the use of Fioricet has actually led to addiction problems and physical dependence for some of the people who use it.
It may be a prescription medicine, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s risk-free. Another risk associated with the use of Fioricet is the potential for liver toxicity from acetaminophen. Acetaminophen taken in large doses can result in liver injury and failure, and it has to be taken carefully and only as prescribed. So, to sum up,
what is Fioricet used for?
The FDA approves the use of this prescription medication for the treatment of tension headaches primarily, as well as something called a post-dural puncture headache, which can occur following something like anesthesia administered in the spine.
The FDA doesn’t approve Fioricet for the treatment of migraine headaches, both because it’s not the most effective available treatment option, and also because there are risks that come with the use of Fioricet including addiction, dependence and side effects like potential liver toxicity.