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What is this medicine?

ASPIRIN; BUTALBITAL; CAFFEINE (AS pir in; byoo TAL bi tal; KAF een) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat tension headaches.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • drink more than 3 alcohol containing drinks per day
  • drug abuse or addiction
  • heart or circulation problems
  • hemophilia, von Willebrand's disease, low platelets, or other bleeding problems
  • kidney disease or problems going to the bathroom
  • liver disease
  • lung disease like asthma or emphysema
  • peptic ulcer disease
  • porphyria
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to aspirin or salicylates, butalbital or other barbiturates, caffeine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. If the medicine upsets your stomach, take the medicine with food or milk. Do not take more than you are told to take.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. Caution should be used in children, especially teenagers, that have the chicken pox or flu.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • alcohol or medicines that contain alcohol
  • cidofovir
  • furazolidone
  • methotrexate
  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
  • probenecid
  • procarbazine
  • voriconazole
  • warfarin

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • antidepressants
  • antihistamines
  • benzodiazepines
  • heparin and heparin like drugs including enoxaparin, dalteparin, and tinzaparin
  • medicines for pain
  • muscle relaxants
  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine

               
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