What is Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Fioricet Esgic-Plus Esgic Show all

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See also: Butalbital

This is a combination product of butalbital, acetaminophen, and caffeine used for relief of the symptomatic complex of tension or muscle contraction headache.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Migraine headaches 283 119
Headaches 99 48
Pain 27 16
Migraine 14 8
Tension headache 10 6

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 5
Moderate 31
Mild 38
None 99

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Sleepiness 11
Drowsiness 10
Rebound headaches 6
Dizziness 5
Fatigue 3
Brain fog 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Dosage Patients Percentage
300-50-40mg as needed 8
325mg-50mg-40mg as needed 6
325-50-40mg as needed 5
2 325-50-40mg as needed 4
325-50-40 mg daily 2
325-50-40 mg four times daily 2
2 325mg-50mg-40mg as needed 2
300-50-40 mg daily 1
325 mg-50 mg-40 mg daily 1
300-50-40 mg twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 29
Doctor's advice 24
Other 18
Course of treatment ended 7
Side effects too severe 7
Change in health plan coverage 5
Expense 3
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 16
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 111
Usually 37
Sometimes 22
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 22
Not at all hard to take 136
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 3
$50-99 8
$25-49 14
< $25 75
Not specified 71

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 5
Acetaminophen-isometheptene-dichloralphenazone (Midrin) 3
Topiramate (Topamax) 3
Eletriptan (Relpax) 2
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 2

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 4
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 4
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 3
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 3
Acetaminophen-butalbital-caffeine-codeine (Fioricet with Codeine) 2

Show all 14 treatments patients report switching to

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11 patient evaluations for Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Mar 20, 2019 (Started May 07, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 28, 2015 (Started May 07, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 7, 2008 (Started May 07, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: MAY CAUSE DROWSINESS DOES RELIEVE THE H/A
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 15, 2016 (Started Oct 08, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 325 mg-50 mg-40 mg Four times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 9, 2015 (Started Oct 08, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 325 mg-50 mg-40 mg Four times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Apr 13, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Take it before the headache gets worse.

  • 0 helpful marks
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