What is Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Butalbital Caffeine

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 253 96
Headaches 97 47
Pain 27 13
Migraine 11 7
Tension Headache 10 7
Prevent migraine 6 2

Show all 36 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 25
Mild 33
None 89

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

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 10
Drowsiness 8
Rebound headaches 5
Dizziness 4
Fatigue 3
Brain fog 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Dosage Patients
325mg-50mg-40mg as needed 23
325-50-40mg as needed 13
300-50-40mg as needed 10
325-50-40 mg daily 3
2 325mg-50mg-40mg as needed 3
325-50-40 mg four times daily 2
325 mg-50 mg-40 mg four times daily 2
500mg-50mg-40mg as needed 2
325-50-40 mg every other week 1
50 mg daily 1

See all 18 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 28
Doctor's advice 23
Other 13
Course of treatment ended 7
Side effects too severe 6
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 3
Personal research 1
See all 71 patients who’ve stopped taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Duration

Currently taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 15

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 15
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 92
Usually 33
Sometimes 24
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 21
Not at all hard to take 115
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 3
$50-99 6
$25-49 10
< $25 66
Not specified 64

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 6
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) 3
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 3
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 3
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

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firefly84
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firefly84
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 32
Condition: Autonomic Neuropathy 26 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Autonomic Neuropathy

See firefly84's full Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine history

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
lazaras
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lazaras
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:M53y
FM:10y Dx
CFS:8y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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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
Srs2388
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Srs2388
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 29y
  • Duration: ? yrs
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Severe
  • Physical: Severe
2 seizures
19 weeks ago
I am: vb
I have:
Epilepsy

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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.

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