What is Acetaminophen-aspirin-caffeine?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most Popular Types: Excedrin Migraine, Excedrin, Excedrin Extra Strength, (Show all)

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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.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Acetaminophen-aspirin-caffeine

Severe
5
Moderate
9
Mild
15
None
38

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Acetaminophen-aspirin-caffeine

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6
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4
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2
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2

Show all 27 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Acetaminophen-aspirin-caffeine)
Dosage
2 250mg-250mg-65mg as needed
Patients
88
Dosage
250mg-250mg-65mg as needed
Patients
56
Dosage
2 x 250 mg-250 mg-65 mg daily
Patients
16
Dosage
250 mg-250 mg-65 mg daily
Patients
13
Dosage
3 250mg-250mg-65mg as needed
Patients
12
Dosage
250 mg-250 mg-65 mg as needed
Patients
10
Dosage
2tablet(s) as needed
Patients
5
Dosage
250mg as needed
Patients
4
Dosage
4 250mg-250mg-65mg as needed
Patients
4
Dosage
6 x 250 mg-250 mg-65 mg daily
Patients
4

Dosages based on patients currently taking Acetaminophen-aspirin-caffeine.

Why Patients Stopped Taking Acetaminophen-aspirin-caffeine (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Other
Patients
12
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
12
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
8
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
5
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
3
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
2
Reason
Expense
Patients
1
See all 35 patients who’ve stopped taking Acetaminophen-aspirin-caffeine

Duration

Currently Taking Acetaminophen-aspirin-caffeine
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
2
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
1
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
0
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
3
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
38
Stopped Taking Acetaminophen-aspirin-caffeine
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
2
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
2
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
2
Duration
6 months-1 year
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3
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
4
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
19

Adherence


Always
Patients
31
46%
Usually
Patients
23
34%
Sometimes
Patients
12
18%
Never
Patients
1
1%

Burden


Very
Patients
0
0%
Somewhat
Patients
5
7%
A little
Patients
8
12%
Not at all
Patients
54
81%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
30
81%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
3
8%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
34
92%
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8 patient evaluations for Acetaminophen-aspirin-caffeine

ashlynn220
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ashlynn220
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: Most
function: Most
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:F28y
FM:6y 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

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Rikka
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Rikka
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 2
Mania: 2
Emotional: 4
Anxiety: 4
Compulsion: 4
External Stress: Overwhelming
31 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: Not specified 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: Not specified 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: Not specified 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: Not specified 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: Not specified monthly
Side effects: Bladder problems

  • 0 helpful marks
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