"Most of us get headaches from time to time. Some are mild. Others cause throbbing pain. They can last for minutes or days. There are many different types of headaches. How you treat yours depends on which kind you have.
Fioricet Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Alagesic, Anolor 300, Dolgic LQ, Dolgic Plus, Esgic, Esgic-Plus, Fioricet, Geone, Margesic, Medigesic, Repan, Zebutal
Generic Name: acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine (Pronunciation: a SEET a MIN oh fen, bue TAL bi tal, and KAF een)
- What is acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine (Fioricet)?
- What are the possible side effects of acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine?
- What is the most important information I should know about acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine?
- How should I take acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine?
- What other drugs will affect acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine?
- Where can I get more information?
What is acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine (Fioricet)?
Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer.
Butalbital is in a group of drugs called barbiturates. It relaxes muscle contractions involved in a tension headache.
Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. It relaxes muscle contractions in blood vessels to improve blood flow.
The combination of acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine is used to treat tension headaches that are caused by muscle contractions.
Acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
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What are the possible side effects of acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat;
- feeling light-headed or short of breath;
- nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
- easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms.
Less serious side effects may include:
- dizziness, confusion or lightheadedness;
- dry mouth;
- nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite;
- feeling anxious or jittery;
- drunk feeling; or
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Fioricet (butalbital, acetaminophen and caffeine) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine?
Do not use acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur, leading to serious side effects.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had alcoholic liver disease (cirrhosis) or if you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day. You may not be able to take medicine that contains acetaminophen.
Do not take more of this medication than is recommended. An overdose of acetaminophen can damage your liver or cause death.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other cold, allergy, pain, or sleep medication. Acetaminophen (sometimes abbreviated as APAP) is contained in many combination medicines. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much acetaminophen which can lead to a fatal overdose. Check the label to see if a medicine contains acetaminophen or APAP.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of liver damage while taking acetaminophen.
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