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

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NURSING MOTHERS: Butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine enters breast milk in small amounts; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in nursing mothers.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine are lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea, dry mouth, increase heart rate, and tremors.

Butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine has a boxed warning of liver toxicity if used in excessive amounts for prolonged periods. Acetaminophen dosage should not exceed 4000 mg per day to avoid acute liver injury. Butalbital is habit forming and may be abused.

Tolerance, dependence, and physical dependence may occur after prolonged periods of use of barbiturates (butalbital).

This product is contraindicated in patients who have hypersensitivity to any of its compounds and in patients with porphyria.

REFERENCES:

MedlinePlus. Acetaminophen, Butalbital, and Caffeine.

Medscape. butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine (Rx).


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/23/2014


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