What is the Side Effects of Fioricet ?

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

    1. Lightheadedness
    2. shortness of breath

Incidence not known

    1. Abdominal or stomach pain
    2. black, tarry stools
    3. bleeding gums
    4. blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
    5. blood in the urine or stools
    6. blurred vision
    7. change in the frequency of urination or amount of urine
    8. chills
    9. cough
    10. diarrhea
    11. difficulty with breathing
    12. difficulty with swallowing
    13. dizziness
    14. drowsiness
    15. dry mouth
    16. fainting
    17. fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
    18. flushed or dry skin
    19. fruit-like breath odor
    20. hives, itching, or skin rash
    21. increased hunger
    22. increased thirst
    23. increased urination
    24. joint or muscle pain
    25. loss of appetite
    26. nausea or vomiting
    27. pinpoint red spots on the skin
    28. puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    29. red skin lesions, often with a purple center
    30. red, irritated eyes
    31. seizures
    32. shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
    33. sore throat
    34. sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
    35. sweating
    36. swelling of the feet or lower legs
    37. tightness in the chest
    38. trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
    39. troubled breathing
    40. unexplained weight loss
    41. unusual bleeding or bruising
    42. unusual tiredness or weakness
    43. weakness

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:

Symptoms of overdose

    1. Confusion as to time, place, or person
    2. dark urine
    3. difficult or painful urination
    4. dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
    5. fever
    6. general feeling of discomfort or illness
    7. hallucinations
    8. headache
    9. holding false beliefs that cannot be changed by fact
    10. increased sweating
    11. irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
    12. light-colored stools
    13. loss of appetite
    14. pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin
    15. restlessness
    16. sudden decrease in the amount of urine
    17. sweating
    18. trouble sleeping
    19. unpleasant breath odor
    20. unusual excitement, nervousness, or restlessness
    21. vomiting of blood
    22. yellow eyes or skin

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

    1. Relaxed and calm
    2. sleepiness

Incidence not known

    1. Anxiety
    2. bloated
    3. constipation
    4. continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
    5. depression
    6. earache
    7. excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
    8. false or unusual sense of well-being
    9. full feeling
    10. hearing loss
    11. heartburn
    12. heavy eyelids
    13. high energy
    14. hot spells
    15. hyperventilation
    16. irritability
    17. numbness
    18. pain in the leg
    19. passing gas
    20. sluggishness
    21. stuffy nose
    22. tingling sensation

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What Should I Avoid While I am Taking Fioricet?

Fioricet can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.

Mikart Fioricet
Mikart Fioricet

It is very important that your doctor check your progress while you or your child are taking this medicine. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly and to decide if you should continue to take it.

This medicine may be habit-forming. If you or your child feel that the medicine is not working as well, do not use more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor for instructions.

Check with your doctor right away if you or your child have pain or tenderness in the upper stomach, pale stools, dark urine, loss of appetite, nausea, unusual tiredness or weakness, or yellow eyes or skin. These could be symptoms of a serious liver problem.

Serious skin reactions can occur with this medicine. Check with your doctor right away if you have blistering, peeling, or loose skin, red skin lesions, severe acne or skin rash, sores or ulcers on the skin, or fever or chills while you are using this medicine.

This medicine may cause serious allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Call your doctor right away if you or your child have a rash, itching, hoarseness, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth while you are using this medicine.

This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or not alert.

This medicine will add to the effects of alcohol and other CNS depressants (medicines that can make you drowsy or less alert). Some examples of CNS depressants are antihistamines or medicine for allergies or colds, sedatives, tranquilizers, or sleeping medicine, other prescription pain medicine or narcotics, medicine for seizures or barbiturates, muscle relaxants, or anesthetics, including some dental anesthetics.

Also, there may be a greater risk of liver damage if you drink three or more alcoholic beverages while you are taking acetaminophen. Do not drink alcoholic beverages, and check with your doctor before taking any of these medicines while you are using this medicine.

Before you have any medical tests, tell the medical doctor in charge that you or your child are taking this medicine. The results of some tests may be affected by this medicine.

Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of liver damage while taking acetaminophen.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other cold, allergy, pain, or sleep medication. Acetaminophen (sometimes abbreviated as APAP) is contained in many combination medicines. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much acetaminophen which can lead to a fatal overdose. Check the label to see if a medicine contains acetaminophen or APAP.

While you are taking Fioricet, avoid taking diet pills, caffeine pills, or other stimulants (such as ADHD medications) without your doctor’s advice.