What is Acetaminophen-aspirin-caffeine?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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Generic Name: Acetaminophen-aspirin-caffeine

See also: Acetaminophen (Paracetamol), Aspirin, Caffeine

The combination of acetaminophen (paracetomol), aspirin, and caffeine is used in many over-the-counter products for the treatment of migraine headaches.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Patients with evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
126 30
70 21
27 6
19 2
8 4
4 1

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

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Severe
4
Moderate
9
Mild
14
None
30

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Acetaminophen-aspirin-caffeine)
Dosage Patients
2 250mg-250mg-65mg as needed 82
4 250mg-250mg-65mg as needed 4
250mg as needed 4
250mg-250mg-65mg as needed 53
250 mg-250 mg-65 mg as needed 10
3 250mg-250mg-65mg as needed 12
250 mg-250 mg-65 mg daily 12
2 x 250 mg-250 mg-65 mg daily 16
4 x 250 mg-250 mg-65 mg daily 3
6 x 250 mg-250 mg-65 mg daily 4
Why Patients Stopped Taking Acetaminophen-aspirin-caffeine (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Other 12
Doctor's advice 10
Did not seem to work 7
Side effects too severe 4
Course of treatment ended 2
Not indicated 2
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently Taking Acetaminophen-aspirin-caffeine
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 0
3-6 months 0
6 months-1 year 3
1-2 years 5
2 years or more 48
Stopped Taking Acetaminophen-aspirin-caffeine
Duration Patients
0-1 month 2
1-3 months 2
3-6 months 2
6 months-1 year 2
1-2 years 3
2 years or more 18
Adherence
Always
27 47%
Usually
20 35%
Sometimes
9 16%
Never
1 2%
Burden
Very
0 0%
Somewhat
5 9%
A little
8 14%
Not at all
44 77%
Cost
$200+
0 0%
$100-199
0 0%
$50-99
0 0%
$25-49
2 6%
< $25
31 94%
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8 patient evaluations for Acetaminophen-aspirin-caffeine

ashlynn220
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ashlynn220
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: Most
function: Most
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:F27y
FM:5y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Apr 26, 2011 (Started Apr 15, 2009)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Neck pain: Moderate
  • Perceived effectiveness for Migraine headaches: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
Rikka
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Rikka
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 2
Mania: 2
Emotional: 4
Anxiety: 4
Compulsion: 4
External Stress: Overwhelming
30 F
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: b
I have:
Social Anxiety Disorder

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Feb 4, 2011 (Started Mar 01, 1994)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Migraine headaches: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: When I have a migraine, it takes a couple of doses for the Excedrin to really work. The bonus is that it takes away a lot of the tension in my neck and shoulders, if only for a few hours.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Stomach upset, Jittery feeling, Stomach pain, Headache aggravated

Oct 18, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 1994)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Migraine headaches: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Sometimes
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I take Excedrin at the first sign of a headache, basically to take the edge off of any migraine that may be forming. It never takes the whole thing away, but it helps to reduce the pain enough that I don't tense up and make it worse. The only type of Excedrin that works for me is the regular (original) tablets, extra strength. All of the other varieties, such as the capsules, have much less of a positive impact on my headaches.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Stomach upset, Jittery feeling, Stomach pain, Headache aggravated

Nov 28, 2009 (Started Mar 01, 1994)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Migraine headaches: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Make sure that you take with something else in your stomach, like food or orange juice; especially if you have stomach ulcers. Do not ever take more than three, and give yourself at least 8 hours before bed without Excedrin. If the headache worsens, don't take the next dose.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Stomach upset, Jittery feeling, Stomach pain, Headache aggravated

Apr 18, 2009 (Started Mar 01, 1994)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Migraine headaches: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Don't forget to eat, and limit the consumption of coffee and soda while taking it.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Stomach upset, Jittery feeling, Stomach pain, Headache aggravated

  • 0 helpful marks
DanielE
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DanielE
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

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Sep 20, 2010 (Started Jun 26, 1979)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Migraine headaches: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 250 mg-250 mg-65 mg All the time (24/7)
Advice & Tips: Lost 4-5 units of blood and spent 5 days in the hospital.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Bladder problems

  • 0 helpful marks
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