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Acetaminophen/Butalbital/Caffeine Oral Capsule (BUTALBITAL/ACETAMINOPHEN/CAFFEINE - ORAL)

For headache.

Brand Name(s): Esgic, Fioricet

Generic Name: Acetaminophen/Butalbital/Caffeine

Instructions

This medicine may be taken with or without food.

Keep the medicine at room temperature. Avoid heat and direct light.

Drug interactions can change how medicines work or increase risk for side effects. Tell your health care providers about all medicines taken. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal medicines. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before starting or stopping any medicine.

This medicine may decrease the effectiveness of some birth controls which use hormones (such as birth control pills and patches). Use an extra form of birth control, such as condoms, while on this medicine.

Cautions

This medicine can be habit-forming. If you use this medicine regularly for a long time, it can lead to withdrawal symptoms when you stop. Please use this medicine only as directed.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

This medicine may cause dizziness or fainting. Do not stand or sit up quickly.

Your ability to stay alert or to react quickly may be impaired by this medicine. Do not operate machinery or drive while on this medicine.

Do not drink beverages with alcohol while on this medicine.

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

This medicine contains acetaminophen. There are many medicines with acetaminophen. Taking these medicines together can cause you to get too much acetaminophen. This can cause serious liver problems. Look carefully on the package of all your medicines to see if acetaminophen is included. Ask your pharmacist which medicines you can take safely.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • constipation
  • dizziness or drowsiness
  • dry mouth
  • nausea and vomiting
  • shortness of breath
  • stomach upset or abdominal pain

If you have any of the following side effects, you may be getting too much medicine. Please contact your doctor to let them know about these side effects.

  • decreased appetite
  • lack of energy and tiredness

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • changes in memory, mood, or thinking
  • depression or feeling sad
  • signs of liver damage (such as yellowing of eye or skin, dark urine, or unusual tiredness)

A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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