Acetaminophen is an analgesic (pain reliever) and an antipyretic (fever reducer).Butalbital is in a class of drugs called barbiturates that depresses your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) causing relaxation. The combination, acetaminophen and butalbital, is used to treat tension (or muscle contraction) headaches which is the most common type of headache.
This medication is habit forming and should only be used under close supervision. Take this drug only for as long as it is prescribed , in the amounts it is prescribed, and no more frequently than prescribed. If your pain is not being adequately treated or condition get worse, inform your doctor. Do not take acetaminophen and butalbital without first talking to your doctor if you drink more than three alcoholic beverages per day or if you have had alcoholic liver disease. You may not be able to take acetaminophen and butalbital, or you may require a lower dose.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have any of the following medical conditions: porphyria, kidney disease, or liver disease. The combination of acetaminophen and butalbital is not known whether it will harm an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. Both of this drugs also pass into breast milk and may harm a baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Acetaminophen and butalbital has not been approved for use in children younger than 12 years of age.
Seek emergency medical attention for symptoms of an acetaminophen and butalbital overdose. These may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, sweating, seizures, drowsiness, decreased breathing, dizziness or fainting, confusion, an irregular heartbeat, and coma.
Special precaution for the use of butalbital is when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Butalbital may cause drowsiness or dizziness. Avoid other drugs that may also make you drowsy such as sleeping pills, antihistamines, sedatives, and tranquilizers except under the supervision of your doctor. Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol can be very damaging to your liver aside from increasing drowsiness and dizziness. To avoid toxicity, you should not exceed 4 grams (4000 mg) of acetaminophen per day so check the content of over-the-counter and prescribed acetaminophen products.
Stop taking acetaminophen and butalbital and seek emergency medical attention for serious side effects such as: an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives); liver damage (yellowing of the skin or eyes, nausea, abdominal pain or discomfort, unusual bleeding or bruising, severe fatigue); or blood problems (easy or unusual bleeding or bruising).
Other, less serious side effects are: dry mouth; nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or decreased appetite; dizziness, tiredness, or lightheadedness; drowsiness; confusion;
agitation, irritability, or excitability; rash or itching; feeling of intoxication;
shortness of breath; nervousness or anxiety; or headache.
Some drugs may interact with acetaminophen and butalbital that may lead to dangerous side effects. An example is a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) especially if you take this in the last 14 days. Acetaminophen and butalbital may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), other pain relievers, anxiety medicines, and muscle relaxants. Take note of the content of acetaminophen in many other over-the-counter and prescribed medicines especially pain, fever, cold, and allergy medications. Too much acetaminophen can be very dangerous. It is important that you inform your doctor if you are taking any other medications either prescription or over-the-counter drugs including herbal products, vitamins and minerals.
Acetaminophen and butalbital has the following structural formula:
Brand name: Axocet :: Bucet :: Bupap :: Cephadyn :: Dolgic :: Phrenilin :: Phrenilin Forte
Similar drugs: Valdecoxib