What is Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Acetaminophen (Paracetamol) 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 236 77
Headaches 91 42
Pain 23 9
Migraine 12 7
Tension Headache 9 5
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 3
Moderate 22
Mild 29
None 76

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

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 10
Drowsiness 7
Dizziness 4
Rebound headaches 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 24
325-50-40mg as needed 7
300-50-40mg as needed 5
2 325mg-50mg-40mg as needed 4
500mg-50mg-40mg as needed 2
325-50-40 mg every other week 1
1.5 x 325 mg-50 mg-40 mg daily 1
500 mg-50 mg-40 mg daily 1
325-50-40 mg three times daily 1
2 x 325-50-40 mg twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 27
Doctor's advice 21
Other 13
Course of treatment ended 7
Side effects too severe 5
Change in health plan coverage 3
Expense 3
Personal research 1
See all 66 patients who’ve stopped taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Duration

Currently taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 14
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 85
Usually 28
Sometimes 15
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 17
Not at all hard to take 100
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 4
$25-49 9
< $25 59
Not specified 56

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 4
Acetaminophen-isometheptene-dichloralphenazone (Midrin) 2
Topiramate (Topamax) 2
Eletriptan (Relpax) 1
Ergotamine-caffeine (Cafergot) 1

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching from

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

Treatment Patients
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 3
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 2
Acetaminophen-butalbital-caffeine-codeine (Fioricet with Codeine) 1
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 1
Butalbital-aspirin-caffeine (Fiorinal) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching to

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11 patient evaluations for Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

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lazaras
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lazaras
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:M52y
FM:9y Dx
CFS:8y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See lazaras's full Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine history

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: 28y
  • Duration: ? yrs
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Severe
  • Physical: Severe
1 seizure
9 weeks ago
I am: vb
I have:
Epilepsy

See Srs2388's full Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine history

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
PHEONIX
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PHEONIX
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: None
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: mild
I am: n
I have:
MS

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Sep 28, 2015 (Started May 07, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (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

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
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