Alagesic (Generic Acetaminophen, Butalbital, and Caffeine)
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Why is this medication prescribed?
This medication cocktail is used to treat tension headaches.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you’re interested in using this drug for any other conditions.
How should this medicine be used?
Acetaminophen, Butalbital, and Caffeine are available as oral capsules and tablets. As needed, it is typically taken every four hours. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Acetaminophen, Butalbital, and caffeine should be taken exactly as prescribed. Six tablets or capsules maximum should be taken in a single day. Call your doctor if you believe you require additional treatment to alleviate your symptoms.
This drug has a potential for habit formation. Never exceed the recommended dosage, frequency, or duration. Always follow your doctor’s instructions.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking acetaminophen, Butalbital, Caffeine,
- If you have an allergy to acetaminophen, butalbital, caffeine, or any other medications, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away.
- In particular, mention anticoagulants (‘blood thinners’) like warfarin (Coumadin), as well as antidepressants, antihistamines, painkillers, sedatives, sleeping pills, tranquillizers, and vitamins to your doctor and pharmacist. Acetaminophen is a common ingredient in over-the-counter pain medications. This medicine can be hazardous if taken in excess.
- If you have liver illness, porphyria, or depression, let your doctor know.
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking this medicine.
- You should be aware that this medication might make you sleepy. Until you are certain of how this medication affects you, do not operate machinery or drive a car.
- Do not forget that alcohol can increase the drowsiness brought on by this medicine.What special dietary instructions should I follow?
An upset stomach may be brought on by acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine. Take this medication with milk or food.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
The potential negative effects of caffeine, butalbital, and acetaminophen. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Uneasy stomach
- Abdominal pain
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Skin rash
- Having trouble breathing
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Keep it at room temperature and away from moisture and excessive heat (not in the bathroom).
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.
No one else should take your medication. It is a regulated substance, this medication. Only a limited amount of refills are permitted for prescriptions; if you have any doubts, speak with your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.
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