How it should be taken
It comes as a tablet, capsule and solution to take by mouth, with or without food.
Dosage & When it is to be taken
1 or 2 tablets every 4 hours as needed. Total daily dosage should not exceed 6 tablets. The dose is based on the medical condition and response to therapy.
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications)
Why it is prescribed (Indications)
This combination medication contains analgesic, antipyretic and depressant agent, prescribed for tension headache, pain and anxiety. It works by relaxing muscle contractions. Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer, butalbital relaxes muscle contractions involved in a tension headache and caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant which relaxes muscle contractions in blood vessels to improve blood flow. It works by relaxing muscle contractions.
Category C :
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Warnings and Precautions
Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver problems, a certain enzyme disorder (porphyria), severe kidney problems, severe heart diseases, lung or respiratory tract diseases, sleeping disorders, alcohol dependence, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, who are taking other medications, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery, while taking this medication.
Avoid alcohol consumption; otherwise it may cause liver damage.
It may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills; take additional measures for birth control.
Do not use this medication if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) within the past 14 days.
Store it at room temperature (20° to 25°C) and in an airtight container. Keep away from children.