Fiorinal is a combination analgesic medication that consists of acetylsalicylic acid, the barbiturate butalbital and caffeine. Some formulations also contain the opioid codeine. It is used to treat tension headaches and migraines. The mechanism of action is not well understood. Since butalbital is habit-forming, fiorinal daily can lead to dependency.

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... ASPIRN-BUTALBITAL-CAFFEINE (Fiorinal® and others) is a combination product used to treat certain types of headaches and migraines as well as mild to moderate pain. Federal law prohibits the transfer of this medicine to any person other than the patient for whom it was prescribed. Do not share this medicine with any one else. Generic aspirin-butalbital-caffeine tablets and capsules are available. ...
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See also: Fioricet, a more preparation using Acetaminophen instead of acetyl ...
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