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Fentanyl
  • See Duragesic
  • See Actiq

Fioricet (Esgic)
  • Rx, analgesic, barbiturate, opiate agonist (when mixed with codeine)
  • Acetaminophen, butalbital, caffeine. Butalbital is a barbiturate used for its sedative effects.
  • effective for many, but addictive
  • very high rebound profile. Do not take more than two or three days per week
  • generic not recommended
  • This drug combination is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that its effects on an unborn baby are not known. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
  • This drug combination passes into breast milk and may harm a nursing infant. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
  • Acetaminophen/butalbital/caffeine has not been approved for use in children younger than 12 years of age.
  • see:

Fiorinal 
  • Rx, analgesic, barbiturate, opiate agonist (when mixed with codeine)
  • Aspirin, butalbital, caffeine. Butalbital is a barbiturate used for its sedative effects.
  • effective for many, but addictive
  • causes rebound headaches when taken often
  • generic not recommended
  • This drug combination is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether aspirin/butalbital/caffeine will harm an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
  • Aspirin/butalbital/caffeine passes into breast milk and may harm a nursing infant. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
  • see: Fioricet and Fiorinal for Headaches/Migraine

Frova (Frovatriptan)
  • Rx, abortive, triptan
  • forms available: tablets
  • Do NOT take Frova if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart disease or a history of heart disease, hemiplegic or basilar Migraine, circulation problems, or have had a stroke.
  • Do NOT take Frova within 24 hour of taking another triptan or any ergotamine medication.
  • Frovatriptan is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether frovatriptan will harm an unborn baby. Do not take the medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
  • It is not known whether frovatriptan passes into breast milk. Do not take frovatriptan without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
  • Tell your doctor if you:
    • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
    • are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed
    • are allergic to any medications
    • are taking any other medications
    • have any history of chest pain, shortness of breath, or palpitations
    • have any risk factors for heart disease including high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, family history of heart disease, overweight, smoking,
  • Potential side effects:
    • Discontinue and contact your doctor immediately if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives); an irregular heartbeat or tightness, pain, pressure or heaviness in your chest, throat, neck, or jaw; or a rash or itching.
    • Continue, but talk to your doctor if you experience dizziness; fatigue (tiredness); headache (other than a migraine); paresthesia (a feeling of tingling); dry mouth; flushing (hot flashes); feeling hot or cold; chest pain; indigestion; or pain in joints or bones.
  • see: Frova: Newest Triptan on U.S. Market
  • more info

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