There are many medications available that are designed to treat varying degrees and types of headaches. While some can be obtained easily from your local pharmacists, others require a prescription from a doctor.

Fioricet is a prescription-only medication

Fioricet is a Schedule III drug under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) meaning that it requires a prescription from a doctor to be used. Use of Fioricet without a prescription is considered abuse of the substance as it can have hazardous side effects, especially when abused with other substances such as alcohol or MAOIs.

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Over the counter alternatives to Fioricet

Fioricet is often only prescribed if the patient exhibits symptoms of tension headaches or migraines more than 10 times in a calendar month. If your symptoms are not as severe as this or you have yet to receive a prescription, the following over-the-counter pain medications could help:

  • Naproxen

  • Ibuprofen

  • Advil

  • Aleve

  • Motrin

While these medications are available without a prescription (though some doctors will still prescribe them) it is important to check with a medical professional before taking them if you are on any other course of medication.

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