You were given a combination of Butalbital, Aspirin and Caffeine. Butalbital is a barbituate. Not my medication of choice for a migraine. The information I found recommends it for "tension" headaches. It also warns that this combination can cause rebound headaches so becareful.
My personal recommendation would be to head back to your GP or neurologist for a prescription of pain meds specifically for migraines if that's what the Acute Care doc is going to give you. But that's just me. Or if you're not sure, ask your GP or neurologist if this is the best medication for you.
Sorry if I sound a little upset. I'm at the end of a long migraine day and I may be misinterpreting it but it sounds like somebody has "misinterpreted" your migraine and that makes me mad.
Good luck. Let us know how it goes.
Brand name would be fioricet or something of the sort...I took that too...it helps but not when when I am in the type of pain that sends me to an ER type setting.
then again "acute" care type places HERE don't keep narcotic injections on hand.
You need to have your doctor fill out an ER form with their desired treatment so you don't get jerked around like that again! (I posted them on an old thread...I will try to hunt it down)
That medication will work for pain, but not like on a 7-10 on a 1-10 scale...
WHY is this drug prescribed? The combination of aspirin, butalbital, and caffeine is effective in relieving migraine and tension headaches.
WHEN should it be used? Fiorinal is taken immediately at the onset of headache. If you have an aura before your migraines (flashing lights, vision changes, tingling), you should take the Fiorinal during this aura.
HOW should it be used? Fiorinal comes in tablets and capsules. Your prescription label tells you how much to take at each dose. In general, one to two tablets of Fiorinal can be taken every 4 hours for headaches.
What SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS should I follow while using this drug?
What SIDE EFFECTS can this medication cause? What can I do about them?
What OTHER PRECAUTIONS should I follow while using this drug?
tymaboy i have hemiplegic severe migraines and i am on fioricet also. i have found it to be extremly helpful for most migraines -except the very severe ones. technically yes fioricet is for tension headaches, but there is such a thing as tension migraines and tension adds or can cause migraine also. so dont knock it till you try it. the only thing that works on me for the severe ones however is stadol which is an opiate. VERY effective though.my doc tells me to take the fioricet AS SOON as i start having the aura, or feel one coming on. the longer you wait to take the harder it will be to control.
good luck to you,