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 274 112
Headaches 99 48
Pain 27 12
Migraine 13 8
Tension headache 11 7
Prevent migraine 6 2

Show all 35 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 27
Mild 41
None 95

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

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 11
Sleepiness 10
Rebound headaches 6
Dizziness 5
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 19
325-50-40mg as needed 11
300-50-40mg as needed 10
2 325mg-50mg-40mg as needed 5
325-50-40 mg four times daily 4
325-50-40 mg daily 3
2 325-50-40mg as needed 2
325-50-40 mg one time 1
325-50-40 mg twice daily 1
300-50-40 mg three times daily 1

See all 15 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 31
Doctor's advice 24
Other 17
Course of treatment ended 7
Side effects too severe 7
Change in health plan coverage 5
Expense 3
Personal research 1
See all 77 patients who've stopped taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Duration

Currently taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 12

Stopped taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 17
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 109
Usually 34
Sometimes 21
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 21
Not at all hard to take 133
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 3
$50-99 6
$25-49 12
< $25 73
Not specified 71

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 4
Topiramate (Topamax) 3
Acetaminophen-isometheptene-dichloralphenazone (Midrin) 2
Eletriptan (Relpax) 2
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 2

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching from

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

Treatment Patients
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 4
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 4
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 3
Zolmitriptan (Zomig) 3
Acetaminophen-butalbital-caffeine-codeine (Fioricet with Codeine) 2

Show all 14 treatments patients report switching to

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12 patient evaluations for Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine

Mar 15, 2018 (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

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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