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

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.

Is narcotic analgesic-apap-caffeine-butalbital-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies done on butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine to determine its safe and effective use in pregnant women.

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

What else should I know about narcotic analgesic-apap-caffeine-butalbital-oral?

What preparations of narcotic analgesic-apap-caffeine-butalbital-oral are available?

  • Alagesic LQ is available in tropical fruit punch flavor, oral solution form. It contains 50 mg butalbital, 325 mg acetaminophen, and 40 mg caffeine per 15 ml of solution. It contains 7.368% alcohol. It is available in 16 fluid ounce containers.
  • Capacet, Esgic, Fioricet, Margesic, Orbivan, and generic capsules contain butalbital/ acetaminophen/caffeine in 50 mg/325 mg/40 mg strengths.
  • Esgic, Fioricet, Nonbac, Repan and generic tablets are available in 50 mg/325 mg/40 mg strengths.
  • Esgic-Plus, Zebutal, and generic tablets are available in 50 mg/500 mg/40 mg strengths.
  • Dolgic Plus tablets are available in 50 mg/750 mg/40 mg strength.
  • Generic tablets are also available in reformulated strengths, which contain 300 mg acetaminophen.

How should I keep narcotic analgesic-apap-caffeine-butalbital-oral stored?

STORAGE: Alagesic LQ is stored at room temperature between 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F). Butalbital / acetaminophen / caffeine containing tablets and capsules should be stored between 15 C to to30 to C (59 F to to 86 F).

REFERENCES:

MedlinePlus. Acetaminophen, Butalbital, and Caffeine.

Medscape. butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine (Rx).

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