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Fiorinal vs Fioricet: Fiorinal is controlled class III, Fioricet not?

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Why is Fiorinal a controlled class III when Fioricet is not? I know the only difference between them is the asprin (Fiorinal) vs acetaminophen (Fioricet). Does Tylenol reduce the abuse potential?

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Health Professional: Dr. Owen, Doctor replied 7 years ago
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Hello, and I am pleased to help.

Where are you getting the information from? The Department of Justice?

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Customer reply replied 7 years ago

A pharmacist

Health Professional: Dr. Owen, Doctor replied 7 years ago

The DEA, drug enforcement makes that decision, and DEA is part of the Department of Justice. See www.justice.gov/dea

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Customer reply replied 7 years ago

That's not really an answer That's like a parent saying "because I said so". I'm looking for the reason why the drugs are treated different. The facts that made up the DEA answer.

Health Professional: Dr. Owen, Doctor replied 7 years ago

I understand your frustration - but we as doctors do not make the rules - the DOJ/DEA makes the rules and classifies these medications - we do not - and honestly there are many medication classifications that make absolutely no sense. We just have to abide by the rules - take care.

Fiorinal contains a small amount of a barbiturate.

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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
The both contain butalbital a barbiturate
Health Professional: Alan Gibstein, M.D., Doctor replied 7 years ago
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It turns out, after consulting with the DEA and a connection at NIH, that there is no logic in it and no one knows how or when this stupid classification began. They are identical except in the pain relieving part.

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