Is Esgic A Narcotic?

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Asked by cindyr

Is Esgic A Narcotic?

I have a problem paying for this medication. because of that I often go without or have to alter the dose according to how much I can afford. I have side effects from not taking it as prescribed. so I would like to know if it is an opiod.

Answer

Cindyr,

The word narcotic has come to be used so many ways, that I think we should establish what a narcotic is. The Merriam-Webster medical dictionary defines it as, "a drug (as opium or morphine) that in moderate doses dulls the senses, relieves pain, and induces profound sleep but in excessive doses causes stupor, coma, or convulsions." So, by that definition, Esgic is not a narcotic.

That said, the ingredients in esgic are butalbital, acetaminophen, and caffeine, and butalbital is a barbiturate. Merriam-Webster defines a barbiturate as, "any of various derivatives of barbituric acid (as phenobarbital) that are used especially as sedatives, hypnotics, and antispasmodics and are often addictive." Esgic is not a medication that should be used frequently. Taking Migraine abortive meds such as the triptans or ergotamines or any kind of pain medication -- prescription or over-the-counter -- more than two or three days a week can make matters worse by causing medication overuse headache (MOH), aka rebound. See Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires for more information on this.

If you're experiencing migraines or headaches three or more times a month, it's strongly recommended that you talk with your doctor about preventive treatment. You can read more about that in Preventive, Abortive, and Rescue Medications - What's the Difference?

I hope this information is helpful to you,

Teri

Answered by Teri Robert