The advancement of medical science has provided our society with a number of indispensable luxuries. It has helped us live longer and healthier. It has also made life for those suffering from illness or other ailments to live full happy lives. Unfortunately, it has also cost lives and destroyed families. Those that suffer from addiction or have an addicted loved one know first-hand the damage that these new medicines can have. Prescription drugs have been abused increasingly over the last several decades. The rise in popularity is in part due to the promotion of these drugs for financial gain. Big pharmaceutical companies have made several fortunes by selling drugs that can be deemed dangerous, at best. Prescription medications are falsely seen as safe drugs because they are monitored by our governing body, but the truth is they can be as dangerous as illegal drugs. There are several medications that are listed as scheduled drugs and narcotics. This means they have a high potential for abuse and overdose. The rise in prescription drug abuse has also lead to an increased number of emergency room visits and injuries. In fact, prescription drug abuse injuries have overthrown motor vehicle accidents as the number one cause of death in the United States.


Fiorinal is a prescription drug that is prescribed for those suffering from tension headaches. This issue is incredibly painful and can inhibit anyone from completing menial everyday tasks. This drug is a combination of other drugs including: aspirin, butalbital, and caffeine. There are also versions of the drug that are combined with codeine. This medication is effective in treating those with tension headaches when it is taken as prescribed by a medical professional, but dangerous if it is abused. Two drugs in this prescription, codeine and butalbital, are incredibly dangerous drugs which can cause addiction. Even if this drug is used as prescribed it can cause addiction due to the powerful nature of these two drugs. When this drug is abused for the euphoric side effects it is dangerous and addictive.

Codeine is Dangerous

Codeine is an opioid pain medication. This drug is considered a narcotic that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is also a cough suppressant that is similar to morphine and Hydrocodone. When codeine is consumed a small amount of the drug is converted to morphine in the body. The drug works by mimicking the action of natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body called endorphins. When endorphins combine with opioid receptors they reduce pain; endorphins are found in the brain and spinal cord. When these endorphins combine with opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord they limit/block the signal of pain signals from the nerves to the brain. In the treatment of a cough, codeine reduces nerve signals coming from the part of the brain from the ‘coughing centre’ to the muscles that produce the cough. Coughing is a useful action that is a reflex response to irritation of the airways. The action is important to help the body remove dust, particles, and mucus from the airways to make breathing easier. In some cases coughing serves no purpose that is painful and irritating. Codeine is useful in these cases to suppress unnecessary coughing. Codeine is also used to treat diarrhea. A side-effect of opioid use/abuse is limited bowel movements. Codeine helps to reduce diarrhea by reducing muscular contractions of the intestine. The speed with which the intestine pushes food and fecal matter along is reduced, which reduces the discomfort of diarrhea. This allows for water and electrolytes more time to be reabsorbed in the body.

Butalbital is Dangerous

Butalbital is in a class of drugs called barbiturates or central nervous system depressant. Benzodiazepines are also central nervous system depressants. Drugs that contain benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin), are used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders; they are used by millions and also used for insomnia. These drugs attack the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain. Which, decreases brain activity resulting in a drowsy or calming effect. Nembutaland and Mebaral, also central nervous system depressants, are used for anesthesia, seizures, insomnia, or anxiety. Like any other drug, the longer one consumers it the more they need to take to achieve the same effects as the first time. Quitting central nervous system depressions abruptly can lead to severe withdrawal effects, such as withdrawal seizures.

Fiorinal Addiction

Those suffering from fiorinal addiction will produce a number of symptoms that can be detected. These addicts will show drowsiness, confusion, dizziness and concentration problems. Most addicts will experience gastrointestinal problems from abusing this drug. If the drug includes codiene then they will also experience constipation. Stomach aches, nausea, vomiting and constipation are all common signs of opioid use and abuse. Barbiturates will cause problems with memory. If someone is abusing these drugs they will have problems remember certain events, even recent ones. They will certainly not remember things from when they were high on fiorinal. Due to the combination of these drugs they can experience a wide range and often painful withdrawal symptoms. As a result of the butalbital the addict could experience convulsions and delirium. The presence of codeine will produce flu-like symptoms that are characterized by sweating, nausea, muscle aches and joint pain. The abuse of this drug is dangerous because it can cause overdose, kidney damage and jaundice. The combination of codeine can cause respiratory disruption and reduction leading to death.

Fiorinal Addiction Treatment

Treatment for fiorinal is special because you must get treatment for barbiturates and opioids. As such, getting treatment from a specialized treatment center is recommended. If you or a loved one is abusing fiorinal speak with a professional for help. Addiction treatment centers and addiction specialists can provide families with all the information and tools they need to help a loved one with fiorinal addiction. Years of research have shown that successful treatment must be specific to the drug being abused. Getting treatment for codeine addiction is like any other drug or opiate. It first takes the addict to realize there is a problem and they need help. Support from family and friends can help in an addict’s road to recovery. Entering an inpatient treatment center is the best way to overcome an opioid addiction. It is recommended that opioid addicts seek professional treatment because the withdrawal symptoms can be severe. Medical assistance can help to relieve these discomforts and is sometimes necessary. Many recovering addicts relapse during this withdrawal period because of the discomfort. Treatment centers also prepare addicts with the best tools and techniques to ignore and cope with triggers. These techniques help recovering addicts stay sober for long periods of time.

The treatment for prescription drug abuse includes both pharmaceutical and behavioral management. A system is established of detoxification, counseling, and if needed addiction medication. The medication is used to reverse the effects of the abused drug, while the behavioral counseling helps deliver methods to deal with cravings and drug abuse triggers. Seeking professional help for prescription drug abuse is the first step to rehab. If you or someone you know is abusing prescription medications speak with someone. It is becoming increasingly important to monitor your medications to keep dangerous drugs out of the hands of children and young adults.