Acetaminophen, Butalbital, and Caffeine

General

Pronunciation:
(a set a mee' noe fen) (byoo tal' bi tal) (kaf' een)

Brand names:

  • Alagesic® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Americet® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Anolor® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Anoquan® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Arcet® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Dolgic® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Dolmar® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Endolor® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Esgic® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Esgic® Plus (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Ezol® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Femcet® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Fioricet® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Fiorpap® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • G-1® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Geone® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Ide-cet® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Isocet® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Margesic® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Medigesic® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Minotal® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Mygracet® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Nonbac® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Orbivan® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Pacaps® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Pharmagesic® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Quala Cet® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Repan® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Tenake® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Tencet® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Triad® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Two-Dyne® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Zebutal® (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine)
  • Fioricet® with Codeine (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine, Codeine)
  • Phrenilin® with Caffeine and Codeine (as a combination product containing Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine, Codeine)

Why Prescribed

This combination of drugs is used to relieve tension headaches.

This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How to Use

The combination of acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine comes as a capsule and tablet to take by mouth. It usually is taken every 4 hours as needed. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine exactly as directed. Do not take more than six tablets or capsules in 1 day. If you think that you need more to relieve your symptoms, call your doctor.

This medication can be habit-forming. Do not take a larger dose, take it more often, or for a longer period than your doctor tells you to.

Special Precautions

Before taking acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine,

Hypersensitivity

tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to acetaminophen, butalbital, caffeine, or any other drugs.

Drug Interaction

tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin), antidepressants, antihistamines, pain medications, sedatives, sleeping pills, tranquilizers, and vitamins. Many nonprescription pain relievers contain acetaminophen. Too much of this drug can be harmful.

Precautions and Contraindications

tell your doctor if you have or have ever had liver disease, porphyria, or depression.

Pregnancy, Fertility, Lactation

tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, call your doctor.

Drowsiness Precautions

you should know that this drug may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this drug affects you.

Alcohol Precautions

remember that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this drug.

Special Dietary Instructions

Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine may cause an upset stomach. Take this medicine with food or milk.

Forgot a Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

Side Effects

Common Side Effects

Acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • drowsiness
  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • depression
  • lightheadedness
  • confusion

Severe Side Effects

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • skin rash
  • itching
  • difficulty breathing

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).

Storage Considerations

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature, away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).

Unneeded medications should be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and other people cannot consume them. However, you should not flush this medication down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medication is through a medicine take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage/recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your community. See the FDA's Safe Disposal of Medicines website (http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.

It is important to keep all medication out of sight and reach of children as many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and young children can open them easily. To protect young children from poisoning, always lock safety caps and immediately place the medication in a safe location – one that is up and away and out of their sight and reach. http://www.upandaway.org

Emergency Overdose

In case of overdose, call the poison control helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Information is also available online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. If the victim has collapsed, had a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can't be awakened, immediately call emergency services at 911.

Additional Information

Keep all appointments with your doctor.

Do not let anyone else take your medication. This medication is a controlled substance. Prescriptions may be refilled only a limited number of times; ask your pharmacist if you have any questions.

It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.

This branded product is no longer on the market. Generic alternatives may be available.

Copyright

This report on medications is for your information only, and is not considered individual patient advice. Because of the changing nature of drug information, please consult your physician or pharmacist about specific clinical use.

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc. represents that the information provided hereunder was formulated with a reasonable standard of care, and in conformity with professional standards in the field. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc. makes no representations or warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, any implied warranty of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to such information and specifically disclaims all such warranties. Users are advised that decisions regarding drug therapy are complex medical decisions requiring the independent, informed decision of an appropriate health care professional, and the information is provided for informational purposes only. The entire monograph for a drug should be reviewed for a thorough understanding of the drug's actions, uses and side effects. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc. does not endorse or recommend the use of any drug. The information is not a substitute for medical care.

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Selected Revisions: February 15, 2018.

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