What is Butalbital-aspirin-caffeine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Fiorinal

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This is a barbiturate combined with aspirin and caffeine used for the relief of the symptomatic complex of tension or muscle contraction headache. Brand name is Fiorinal® which contains butalbital 50 mg, aspirin 325 mg, and caffeine 40 mg

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Migraine headaches 19 10
Headaches 15 5
Migraine 8 5
Pain 4 2
Migraine with aura 1 0

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
1
Moderate
3
Mild
5
None
13

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

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 2
Anxious mood 1
Heart palpitations 1
Hyperactivity 1
Inability to sleep 1
Nausea 1

Show all 8 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Butalbital-aspirin-caffeine

Dosage Patients
2 x 325-50-40 mg daily 1
2 x 325 mg-50 mg-40 mg daily 1
325-50-40mg as needed 1
325mg-50mg-40mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Butalbital-aspirin-caffeine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 5
Other 4
Did not seem to work 3
Side effects too severe 3
Expense 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Personal research 1
See all 14 patients who've stopped taking Butalbital-aspirin-caffeine

Duration

Currently taking Butalbital-aspirin-caffeine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Butalbital-aspirin-caffeine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 2
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 13
Usually 7
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 16
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 14
Not specified 4

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Butalbital-aspirin-caffeine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 3
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 1
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 1
Topiramate (Topamax) 1

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

Treatment Patients
Butalbital-acetaminophen-caffeine (Fioricet) 1
Rizatriptan (Maxalt) 1
Topiramate (Topamax) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Butalbital-aspirin-caffeine

Sep 22, 2013 (Started Oct 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 24, 2013 (Started Sep 22, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: It's the only med that really helps my migraines when I get them without side effects or addiction.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 22, 2012 (Started Aug 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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