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Butalbital, Acetaminophen, and Caffeine

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Alagesic LQ;Anolor 300;Dolgic® Plus;Esgic-PlusT;Esgic®;Fioricet®;Margesic;OrbivanT;Repan®;Zebutal®
    • Pharmacologic Category: Barbiturate

    Uses
    • It is used to treat tension headaches.
    • Butalbital calms the brain.
    • Acetaminophen blocks chemicals that cause pain.
    • Caffeine eases pain.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Use as you have been told, even if you are feeling better.
    • Do not take more than what your doctor told you to take. Liver problems may happen.
    • Keep a diary of your headaches.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Acetaminophen may cause very bad liver problems. Your risk is higher if you take more than 4 grams of acetaminophen a day, drink beer, wine, or mixed drinks, or have liver disease. Talk with your doctor.
    • Unsafe side effects may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking some other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to butalbital, acetaminophen, caffeine, or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Liver disease or porphyria.
    • If you are addicted to drugs.
    • If you drink beer, wine, or mixed drinks or take any drugs that have alcohol.
    • If you are breast-feeding.

    Precautions

    • This drug may be habit-forming with long-term use.
    • Avoid other sources of acetaminophen. An overdose may cause problems.
    • If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
    • If you have lung disease, talk with your doctor. You may be more sensitive to this drug.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • You may not be alert. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Avoid drugs and natural products that slow your actions. These include sedatives, tranquilizers, drugs for mood, antihistamines, and other pain drugs.
    • Avoid or limit drinking wine, beer, or mixed drinks to less than 3 drinks a day. Drinking too much alcohol may raise your chance of liver disease.
    • Be careful if you have G6PD deficiency. Anemia may happen.
    • Birth control pills and other hormone-based birth control may not work to stop pregnancy. Use some other kind of birth control while taking this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Harm to the liver may rarely happen.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Big change in balance.
    • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
    • Very nervous and excitable.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Yellow skin or eyes.
    • Not able to eat.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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