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Fiorinal Addiction

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Medically reviewed: 03/02/2018
Last updated: 01/28/2021
Author: Medical Review

Reading Time: 5 minutes

What is Fiorinal Addiction?

Fiorinal is a medication commonly prescribed to treat tension headaches. It contains a combination of different drugs including aspirin, caffeine, and butalbital — the latter of which is a barbiturate or central nervous system depressant that carries a risk for addiction just like any other psychoactive drug. Certain versions of Fiorinal also contain codeine, which is a naturally occurring opiate used to treat pain. The medication is effective when used safely under a doctor’s care.

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Fiorinal can be habit-forming and should only be used by the people for whom it’s prescribed. People who abuse the Fiorinal-codeine formulation for its euphoric effects face an even higher risk for tolerance, dependence, and addiction due to the way codeine binds to opioid receptors and changes brain chemistry to cause drug cravings.

What are the Risks of Fiorinal Addiction?

Prescription drug abuse occurs across all age groups in the United States. In fact, over 20% of the population has admitted to taking prescription painkillers like Fiorinal for non-medical purposes. It is estimated that each day in the U.S. over 5,750 people abuse prescription drugs for the first time.

Long-term abuse of Fiorinal is linked to liver and kidney damage, a lowered immune system, and problems with tolerance, dependence, and addiction. It can also increase the users’ risk for depression, and anxiety, as it greatly affects the brain’s chemical makeup. When taken in high doses, or mixed with other drugs, Fiorinal can cause overdose, coma, and death.

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What are the Symptoms of Fiorinal Addiction?

Fiorinal addiction can cause a range of symptoms that can compromise your overall livelihood and increase the risk for other serious health problems. Fiorinal addiction can affect your physical, mental, and emotional health, and make you twice as susceptible to mental illness compared to those who don’t struggle with drug use disorders.

Here are common side effects of Fiorinal addiction:

  • Insomnia
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody stool
  • Constipation
  • Problems with urination
  • Problems with memory, thinking, and concentration
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Bone aches
  • Convulsions
  • Delirium
  • Heart problems
  • Kidney damage, caused by high doses of aspirin

Many side effects of Fiorinal addiction can be improved shortly after receiving a drug detox, which helps you overcome physical dependence on this medication. As your body recovers physically and mentally from Fiorinal addiction, many of these symptoms may go away on their own or can be improved with ongoing medical treatment and therapy. Following a drug detox from Fiorinal, you can receive addiction counseling and therapy to overcome any negative thoughts and behaviors that may have led to your drug abuse in the first place.

What are the Signs of Fiorinal Addiction?

Knowing common signs of Fiorinal addiction can help you determine whether you or a loved one could benefit from getting help at a professional treatment center. When left untreated, Fiorinal addiction can take over your life and increase your risk for serious health problems including coma and death.

Signs of Fiorinal addiction:

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Drug cravings
  • Problems with concentration
  • Problems at work or school
  • Strained relationships with friends and family members
  • General dissatisfaction with life, and toward Fiorinal
  • Legal and financial problems
  • The onset of withdrawal symptoms Fiorinal is stopped abruptly
  • Tolerance to Fiorinal, or requiring higher doses to feel the drug’s effects
  • Sudden, unexplained mood swings and irritability
  • The onset of mental illness like depression or bipolar disorder
  • Inability to stop using Fiorinal despite numerous attempts to quit
  • Inability to stop using Fiorinal despite knowing it may lead to negative consequences
  • Doctor shopping, or visiting multiple doctors to obtain many Fiorinal prescriptions

Fiorinal overdose can be deadly due to the effects of butalbital, which may cause tremors, seizures, shock, and respiratory depression. Formulations of Fiorinal that contain codeine may put users at even higher risk for overdose since opioids also cause respiratory depression like butalbital. Common signs of Fiorinal overdose include jaundice or yellowing of the skin, shallow or no breathing at all, convulsions, pinpoint pupils, and a fast heart rate.

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Those who abuse the drug over an extended period begin to crave the feelings it causes, making them unable to stop their abuse. Many individuals will continue to abuse Fiorinal even when it causes problems in their day-to-day lives, which is a sign of addiction. In most cases before putting a patient on this medication, a doctor will ask if they have had issues in the past with drug abuse or addiction to avoid that problem.

What to do if Someone You Love is Abusing Fiorinal?

Fiorinal abuse can lead to serious health complications along with addiction, overdose, and death. If someone you love is abusing Fiorinal, your next step is to talk with them about the importance of overcoming Fiorinal dependence and addiction. Addiction treatment centers use safe, effective detox protocols and therapies that can help your loved one experience a full, successful recovery from Fiorinal abuse.

If your loved one is not ready to seek treatment and become sober, you can conduct an intervention alongside a doctor or addiction specialist. They can educate the user about available treatments and the benefits of overcoming Fiorinal addiction. Then, help your loved one find an accredited treatment center that uses evidence-based therapies to treat Fiorinal addiction.

Call emergency services immediately if your loved one is showing signs of Fiorinal overdose. Place the person in the recovery position, and follow the instructions provided by dispatch to keep your loved one alive until first responders arrive. After your loved one recovers from a Fiorinal overdose, you can revisit the topic of addiction treatment and help your loved one become sober and healthier.

Which Treatment Options are Available for Fiorinal Addiction?

Because the medication contains two drugs that can both cause addiction, treatment should be handled with particular care. Many individuals who become addicted to Fiorinal with codeine need treatment for both the opioid addiction and the barbiturate addiction.

A Fiorinal detox is the first stage of addiction treatment and helps you overcome drug dependence. It is normally conducted using a tapering schedule, which is when doctors gradually reduce your Fiorinal doses over time until you’re no longer using the medication. Other medications may also be used to reduce withdrawal symptoms and help you or your loved one experience a more comfortable recovery.

Your treatment regimen will likely begin with medically-assisted withdrawal, but patients are not able to fight addiction with this type of treatment alone.

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Fiorinal addiction is particularly problematic because of the combination of several different medications which can all be dangerous when abused in high doses. If you think you may be addicted to Fiorinal, seek treatment immediately so that you can avoid these issues and get back to the way you feel your life should be.

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