Aspirin (AS-pir-in), Butalbital (bue-TAL-bi-tal), Caffeine (KAF-een)
Treats tension headaches and mild to moderate pain.Butalbital belongs to a group of drugs known as barbiturates (bar-bi-chur-ates).
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to: butalbital or related medicine such as phenobarbital or pentobarbital; aspirin, other salicylates, arthritis medicine such as ibuprofen (Motrin®), or caffeine. You should not use this medicine if you have porphyria. Do not give this medicine to a child who has a fever or symptoms of an infection. This drug should not be taken if you have stomach ulcers or a bleeding disorder.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take and how often.
- This medicine may be taken with food or milk to avoid stomach upset.
- Drink plenty of fluids to help avoid constipation.
- This medicine works best if you take it at the first sign of pain, rather than waiting until the pain is very strong.
- DO NOT increase your dose without your doctor's approval.
- If you have taken large amounts of this medicine or have taken it regularly for several weeks, do not suddenly quit using it without consulting your doctor.
If a dose is missed:
- Take it as soon as possible.
- If almost time for next dose, wait until then to take your medicine and skip the missed dose.
- You should not use two doses at the same time.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store in a tightly closed container away from heat and direct light.
- Keep all medicine away from children.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking any medicines that make you sleepy, such as tranquilizers or sleeping pills.
- Do not drink alcohol while taking this medicine.
- Steroids, diflunisal, prednisone, or phenylbutazone may cause stomach pain if taken while you are taking this medicine.
- Tell your doctor if you are taking a blood thinner (such as Coumadin®).
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Talk with your doctor before taking this medicine if you have asthma, other lung disease, or liver or kidney problems.
- This medicine can cause drug dependence or addiction.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk with your doctor before taking this medicine.
- Because this medicine makes some people dizzy or drowsy, be careful when driving a car or using machinery.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Tightness in chest, shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Fast, slowed, or pounding heartbeat
- Skin rash, hives, or intense itching
- Flushing of the face
- Swelling of the eyelids or face.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Lightheadedness, dizziness
- Upset stomach, constipation, gas
- Nausea, vomiting