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Fiorinal Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs, and Detoxification

Fiorinal withdrawal occurs when an individual who is dependent on the medication stops taking it. Fiorinal is a combination drug composed of aspirin, butalbital, and caffeine and often prescribed for tension headaches. The addictive nature of Fiorinal is mostly associated with the butalbital component. It acts on the user's central nervous system to alleviate pain. Butalbital is a depressant that belongs to the class of drugs known as barbiturates, while caffeine is designated as a stimulant. It can lead to physical and psychological dependence with continued use.

Individuals who take Fiorinal over an extended period of time may develop a tolerance to the medication. This tolerance indicates the first stages of physical dependence. It is a sign that the brain has become accustomed to the presence of Fiorinal. A tolerance to Fiorinal means that an individual needs to take larger doses of the medication to experience its effects. People who are dependent on Fiorinal and stop taking it can experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that compel them to continue the medication to avoid withdrawal. Individuals who desire treatment for Fiorinal dependence undergo detoxification, which involves withdrawing from the drug. It precedes or marks the beginning of treatment. During detoxification and withdrawal, your body eliminates any remnants of the drug, and your brain readjusts to its normal processes.

Withdrawing from Fiorinal: Treatment Methods and Options for Help

Fiorinal withdrawal symptoms can surface quickly and with great intensity if you do not adhere to your medically advised schedule. The first sign of withdrawal is an intense craving for Fiorinal. This symptom manifests because your brain is used to the presence of the medication and wants more of it. This craving is likely to persist through the detoxification and withdrawal stage. Withdrawal symptoms like irritability and anxiety usually appear with continued cessation. Sleeplessness and restlessness can also ensue along with sweating and fever. People withdrawing from Fiorinal may experience other symptoms like hallucinations, tremors, and seizures among others. Initial withdrawal symptoms usually develop within a few hours of the last dose, while other symptoms typically surface by the second or third day. By day seven, additional symptoms are not usually observed.

Fiorinal withdrawal treatment is highly recommended for individuals attempting to quit the drug. Barbiturates are highly addictive substances that can lead to both psychological and physical dependence. While the physical craving for Fiorinal may have subsided, the psychological urge can persist. Psychosis typically develops about three to eight days after the last use of Fiorinal and can present difficulties if dealt with alone. With medical supervision, however, Fiorinal withdrawal treatment can be controlled and managed while keeping your health and comfort in mind.

Detoxing, Addiction Treatment Rehab and Recovery

Fiorinal detoxification should always be supervised by a medical professional due to its possible complications and the ease of relapsing. The medical professional in charge of your detox can administer drugs, usually benzodiazepines or other barbiturates that will help you get through withdrawal in a safe and controlled fashion. These medications are slowly tapered off as detoxification progresses. Inpatient detoxification is usually suggested but outpatient programs also prove effective.

It is important to seek treatment for Fiorinal dependence and addiction. While it is possible to overcome a Fiorinal addiction on your own, many people find that it is easier to control their psychological impulses with outside help and supervision. Many rehab centers offer both inpatient and outpatient detox and treatment programs to accommodate your personal and medical needs. They provide medically managed detoxification to ensure your safety and increase the chances of a successful detoxification. Substance abuse treatment centers also guide their patients through rehabilitation and teach them how to regain a drug-free lifestyle.

Most rehab centers offer a number of treatment methods from individual counseling and group therapy to meditative activities and exercise. Family counseling may also be emphasized to help you reconnect with your family and loved ones, improve your relationships, and create a family-based support system. Treatment for Fiorinal dependence takes time, and many people find it helpful to continue therapy sessions on a long-term basis and communicate with individuals in similar situations.

Fiorinal Information at a Glance
Medication Name, CostsClass of Medicine
  • Generic Name: Butalbital
  • Generic Name Variations: N/A
  • Chemical Name: N/A
  • Brand Name: Fiorinal
  • Brand Name Variations: N/A
  • Cost/Price: Varies depending on strength
  • Used to Treat Addiction? No
  • Function or Use at Low Dose: Pain reliever
  • Function or Use at High Dose: N/A
  • Chemical Makeup: N/A
  • System: N/A
  • Duration of Action: Several hours
Form, Intake and DosageInteractions and Complications
  • Drug Forms: Tabs, capsules
  • Administration Routes: Administered orally
  • Dosage: 1-2 tabs/4-6 hours
  • Overdose: More than 8 tabs per day
  • Alcohol Interaction: Added symptoms of depression
  • Illicit Drugs: N/A
  • Prescription Medications: Added symptoms of depression when paired with analgesics, depressants, antipsychotics, and anti-anxiety agents. Can have adverse effects on anticoagulation therapies.
  • Contraindications: Porphyria, peptic ulcer, vitamin K deficiency, nasal polyps, Thrombasthenia, Willebrand’s disease
Effects and Adverse ReactionsSubstance Abuse
  • Short-Term: Lightheadedness, dizziness, sedation, drowsiness, confusion
  • Long-Term: Liver failure
  • Risk of Substance Abuse: High
  • Signs of Abuse: Confusion, low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, ringing in the ears
Physiological Problem Signs and SymptomsDependence and Addiction Issues
  • Withdrawal Syndrome Onset: 12-24 hours after last dose
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: Confusion, shock, troubled breathing, vomiting, tremors, seizures
  • Tolerance: Users may develop tolerance
  • Cross Dependence: N/A
  • Physical Dependence: Possible, due to addictive substances in Fiorinal (caffeine)
  • Psychological Dependence: Possible
Legal Schedules and Ratings
  • Controlled Substances Act Rating:



Questions and Answers (FAQ)

How Long Do Fiorinal Withdrawals Last?

Since Fiorinal contains substances that are considered addictive, the length of an addict’s timeline may vary. The duration of withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere from 2 days to several weeks, depending on how long a patient has abused the medication.

Do You Have a List Popular Slang or Street Names for Fiorinal?

Barbs, barbies, blue caps

What are Common Misspellings?

Fironal withdrawl, Fiorinale withdrawls, Fiorinol withdrawel, Feorinal withdrawels

Are There any Home Remedies for Getting Clean Safely?

While a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water can help to relieve withdrawal symptoms, there is no known home remedy proven to cure these side effects. Rehabilitation centers have proven methods of relief to help patients get through detoxification safely and healthily. Once the body is properly detoxed, patients can begin their new life, healthy and drug-free. Call for help now while you still have time.

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Fiorinal?

Detoxification from Florinal can take anywhere from 2 to 7 days with symptoms lasting well beyond that. The length of one’s recovery timeline depends on the duration and intensity of Florinal use. For information about detox programs near you, call 1-888-658-5242 or visit our locator page.

View Resources

  • Co-Gesic concise monograph facts
  • PubMed Health: Read more about aspirin, butalbital and caffeine
  • Getting help and detox from fiorinal addiction and abuse
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