Do Canadian online pharmacies fill prescriptions for Fioricet or Fiorinal? How much does it cost?

Written by Shivam Patel, PharmD, BSPS, RPh | Posted enero 29, 2019 | Updated junio 28, 2021

The short answer is that no international online pharmacies listed on sell either of these medications. The reasons are worth exploring.

Both Fiorinal and Fioricet 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.

Why Fiorinal is a Controlled Substance and Fioricet is Not

For starters, Fiorinal (Butalbital, Aspirin, Caffeine) is a scheduled III controlled substance per the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Canadian online 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.

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.

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Buying Fioricet or Fiorinal Online

For many controlled substances, you can search on for discounted U.S drug prices, which are available in conjunction with a U.S. Prescription Discount Card.

If you are shopping for medication online, we urge you only to buy medication from credentialed online pharmacies that require a prescription.

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