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Q: Is this perscription a narcotic - Fioricet 50-325-40 mg tablewat?

Is this a narcotic?

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Teri Robert, Health Guide
10/ 1/09 6:13pm



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Fioricet 50-325-40 contains:


      • 50mg of butalbital

      • 325mg or acetaminophen

      • 40mg of caffeine


It's difficult to give you a "yes" or "no" answer on this. The word narcotic is usually used to refer to a medication that is an opioid or contains an opioid, which this form of Fioricet does not. If you go strictly by definitions, it probably would be considered a narcotic. The definition is "a drug (as codeine, methadone, or morphine) that in moderate doses dulls the senses, relieves pain, and induces profound sleep but in excessive doses causes stupor, coma, or convulsions."


The butalbital in Fioricet is a barbiturate. A barbiturate is "any of various derivatives of barbituric acid (as phenobarbital) that are used especially as sedatives, hypnotics, and antispasmodics."


Hope this helps answer your question.


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Sue, Community Member
3/24/12 2:48pm

I take fioricet which was prescribed by my doctor. I recently had a job interview, they had me tke a breatherlizer test, which was zero but wanted a urine specimen to send out to their lab. Will this cause a problem for me.

Teri Robert, Health Guide
3/24/12 6:20pm



It shouldn't cause you a problem. Those tests are to look for illegal drug use, not our prescriptions. They should have asked you about any prescription medications you were using, and you should have told them about it.



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By Tiffany, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/24/12, First Published: 10/01/09