I have been prescribed percs 5/325 for my pain, which doesn't touch the migraines and fioricet 325 for migraines, which doesn't touch the pain. I know the "cet" part means acetaminophen and I shouldn't take any tylenol or anything like that but my question is can I take a percocet and a fioricet because there are times I need them both and up until now I have had to choose which is worse the pain or the migraine because I am afraid of OD. Does anyone know the answer or know where to find the answer? Thanks. Roe
You can take up to 4,000 mg of tylenol per day. After that, you risk damaging your liver. If you have liver disease, you shouldn't take more than 3,000 mg of tylenol per day. If you drink alcohol and take tylenol, that is a dangerous combination even if used with lower levels of acetaminophen. The percocet amount has 325 mg of acetaminophen and the same for fioricet. You will want to keep count especially when combining the two medications. I have taken vicodin and percocet (in which both have acetaminophen) in the same day and I just have to keep track. Hope that helps.
I have been prescrbed both and the same dose now for 3 months and being 20 weeks pregnant, for my Chronic Migraine and for my knee problems and have had no problems whatsoever from it. My doctor checks my liver once monthly and am showing absolutely no signs of damage or change... hope this helps.... good luck
Hello end _of_rope: I have a few questions for you. I do know that fioricet plain and fioricet w/codeine are prescribed for tension headaches. Percocet is used for pain control for various types of pain. I do not understand why your dr. would prescribe both of these medicines for migraines or headaches in general. If you get migraine headaches there are some great meds that treat migraines much better than fioricet. I take sumatriptan and it comes in either an injectable or a pill form. That medication really does help with my migraines. It does treat a different type of headache though. If I have a tension, or other type of headache then I take the generic form of fioricet w/codeine and that helps a lot. I would wonder why your dr. doesn't prescribe a muscle relaxant for your headaches too. In my opinion having both the headache medicine plus a muscle relaxant drug helps me so much more than not having a muscle relaxer. There are various types of them. There is valium, sklexant 800 mg., etc.
If I were in your shoes, I would have a conversation with your dr. about the different types of medicines that would help with your headaches and see what your dr. has to say. Sometimes even taking an anti-depressant will help too.
Good Luck and let us know what your dr. has to say after you talk to him about all of this. Meaningfulc1952
Migraines do not respond well to opioids. Roe, you should really find a specialist in migraines, or at least a pain management program with some experience in migraines. For most migraine sufferers, opioids are not the answer.
Hi Roe, I would suggest that you see a neurologist for your headache problems. They know how to treat them and which meds are the best for treating a migraine. It has been my opinion that taking fioricet for a migraine headache does not help near as much as a medicine like sumatriptan , etc. Also, I do know that the fioricet /codeine does help with my headaches too. I think that there are many different meds that will treat your headaches much better than what you are taking.
I would ask your dr. and if you don't get the answers that you need, then I would see a neurologist. They know so much more than your family dr., etc. That's my opinion from where I am with my headache problems. Sometimes a jaw problem can cause a severe headache too. If you want to look in to that I would suggest the TMJ Association. They are extremely helpful and have a lot of info about other types of pain that are related to TMJ problems.
Your question about O.D. is another subject all together. Sometimes I will get a migraine that makes me feel like I just can't go on anymore. Migraine headaches can and will make you feel like you just want to pull your hair out due to the pain. There are different types of headaches so keep that in mind. I hope that you do find some answers to what causes your headaches and the proper treatment. Meaningfulc1952
I hate to say this, but opioids are NOT a treatment of choice for migraines. They rarely work and if they do, the relief is transient. You really need to see a migraine specialist.
You should also be aware that you might be taking too much Acetaminaphen. Percocet and Fioracet both have a large dose of Acetaminaphen. Did the same physician prescribe both at the same time? Or was more than one physician involved?
Regardless, you need migraine medication and the two drugs that you have mentioned are opioids. Opioids are not the treatment of choice for migraines.
You might wish to enter a pain clinic, or seek out an anesthesiologist who is an expert in pain management. Migraines are very unusual disabilities and they do not respond well to the old regime of opioids.
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