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If you are considering purchasing medication from outside the U.S., be aware that, in most circumstances, it is technically not legal for individuals to import prescription drugs; however, U.S. government officials have stated that individuals who order non-controlled prescription drugs from Canada or other foreign sources (up to a three-month supply) for their own use are not being pursued or prosecuted.
Do Canadian pharmacies fill prescriptions for Fioricet or Fiorinal?
The short answer is that no international online pharmacies listed on PharmacyChecker.com sell either of these medications. The reasons are worth exploring.
For starters, Fiorinal (Butalbital, Aspirin, Caffeine) is a scheduled III controlled substance per the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Canadian pharmacies and all non-U.S. pharmacies approved in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program, under our pharmacy standards, are not permitted to dispense any controlled substances, as defined by the U.S. DEA, into the U.S.
Fioricet (Butalbital, Acetaminophen, Caffeine) is not a controlled substance under federal law; however, it is a controlled substance under the laws of several states, which is probably why the PharmacyChecker-approved international online pharmacies do not sell it to the U.S.
Both drugs are used to treat tension headaches and contain butalbital and caffeine: the difference is in the third ingredient. Fioricet contains acetaminophen (often sold as Tylenol) while Fiorinal contains Aspirin. The reason Fiorinal is a controlled substance is because of the butalbital, which is a form of barbiturate, known to be an addictive substance. But they both contain the same addictive substance in the same amount, 50mg!
According to the FDA, on this blog post's analysis, Fioricet has a lower ratio of butalbital to the non-addictive ingredient, acetaminophen, than Fiorinal has to aspirin. That difference apparently means Fiorinal is more addictive.
One other thing to keep in mind, both Fiorinal and Fioricet when combined with codeine- Fiorinal-C (Butalbital, Aspirin, Caffeine and Codeine) and Fioricet-C (Butalbital, Acetaminophen, Caffeine, Codeine) are schedule III controlled substances under federal law.
For many controlled substances, you can search on PharmacyChecker.com for discounted U.S drug prices, which are available in conjunction with a pharmacy discount card sponsored by Drug Discount Network. In this case, a drug price search for Fioricet on PharmacyCheceker.com will not show any prices at this time. However, you may be able to find a local U.S. pharmacy offering discount prices or a savings coupon online through GoodRx.com or another search site.