• shelfry shelfry
    July 14, 2008
    is butalbital a narcotic
    shelfry shelfry
    July 14, 2008

    just wondering if butalbital in my fioricet is considered a narcotic drug

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  • djschaut July 14, 2008
    djschaut
    July 14, 2008

    Butalbital is a barbiturate and can be habit-forming if abused.  It is not an opiate and not related to codeine, morphine, dilaudid, or that type of drug.  There is a warning in the PDR that the drug is only available by prescription under Federal Law, so I'm guessing it is a scheduled drug--that is--it is prescribed under greater restrictions than other prescription drugs, such as antibioticsd.

     

    From that perspective, butalbital is a narcotic.  However, the word narcotic usually refers to opiate analogs, codeine-containing drugs, or the spectrum or illicit drugs.  It is a generic term, though, and would apply to any controlled substance that can be addictive or habit forming.  Barbiturates are not generally considered narcotics, but they are highly sedating, used in general anesthesia, and habit-forming. 

     

    Dave

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  • michael August 12, 2008
    michael
    July 14, 2008

    I'm on the same medication and i asked my DR the same thing,then i looked it up and found that the answer to your question is no.

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  • B.lee July 06, 2013
    B.lee
    July 14, 2008
    I am on it. My pain management dr put me on it after getting off of pain meds of which I was severely hooked namely Dilaudid . When I take it it does make me tired which I can see how it could end up being abused but, withdrawl from drugs was so bad for me I won't let that happen to me again. READ MORE
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