What is Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Fioricet Esgic Esgic-Plus 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 258 102
Headaches 97 47
Pain 27 13
migraine 12 7
tension headache 10 7
Prevent migraine 6 2

Show all 37 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 26
Mild 37
None 90

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

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 10
Drowsiness 9
Rebound headaches 5
Dizziness 4
Fatigue 3
Brain fog 2

Show all 34 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Dosage Patients
325mg-50mg-40mg as needed 24
325-50-40mg as needed 13
300-50-40mg as needed 11
325-50-40 mg daily 4
2 325mg-50mg-40mg as needed 4
2 325-50-40mg as needed 3
300-50-40 mg three times daily 2
325-50-40 mg four times daily 2
2 x 325-50-40 mg three times daily 2
500 mg-50 mg-40 mg daily 1

See all 18 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 28
Doctor's advice 23
Other 14
Course of treatment ended 7
Side effects too severe 6
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 3
Personal research 1
See all 72 patients who've stopped taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Duration

Currently taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 20

Stopped taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 15
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 97
Usually 33
Sometimes 25
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 23
Not at all hard to take 119
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 3
$50-99 6
$25-49 12
< $25 69
Not specified 65

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 5
Topiramate (Topamax) 3
Acetaminophen-isometheptene-dichloralphenazone (Midrin) 2
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 2
Tramadol (Ultram) 2

Show all 14 treatments patients report switching from

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

Treatment Patients
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 4
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 4
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 4
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 3
Acetaminophen-butalbital-caffeine-codeine (Fioricet with Codeine) 1

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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12 patient evaluations for Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Jul 12, 2017 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 26, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 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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