Yes, Fioricet contains butalbital, which is a mild narcotic. It is not as effective as other pain medications, but at my job as a neurologic assistant, I see many patients that have told me it improves their back pain.
Fioricet contains a combination of acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer. Butalbital is in a group of drugs called barbiturates. It relaxes muscle contractions involved in a tension headache. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. It relaxes muscle contractions in blood vessels to improve blood flow.
But as Robert said, it is indicated for headaches.
Is it OK to take Fioricet every day?
Because butalbital is habit-forming, it is not recommended to take Fioricet every day. It’s possible to build up a tolerance to butalbital. Over time, higher doses may be needed to have the same effect, leading to drug dependence. Taking higher doses of Fioricet can also increase the chance of an overdose.
Fioricet is intended for occasional use every 4 hours when symptoms occur.