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Q: is butalbital a narcotic

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

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djschaut, Community Member
7/14/08 5:18pm

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. 



michael, Community Member
8/12/08 9:55am

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.

B.lee, Community Member
7/ 6/13 3:43pm
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. Reply
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