butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine (Alagesic LQ, Capacet, Dolgic Plus, Esgic, Fioricet, and Others)

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GENERIC NAME: butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine

BRAND NAME: Alagesic LQ, Capacet, Dolgic Plus, Esgic, Esgic-Plus, Fioricet, Dolgic LQ, Ezol, Geone, Margesic, Nonbac, Orbivan, Repan, Zebutal

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine is a combination product used for treating headache.

Butalbital is a narcotic that depresses the central nervous system.

Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer. It is the active compound in Tylenol. Acetaminophen relieves pain by elevating the pain threshold, that is, by requiring a greater amount of pain to develop before a person feels it. It reduces fever through its action on the heat-regulating center of the brain. Specifically, it tells the center to lower the body's temperature when the temperature is elevated.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/23/2014

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