Butalbital

Generic Name: Butalbital-Aspirin-Caffeine
Brand Name:  N/A

What is Butalbital?


Butalbital is one of the best anti tension and pain medicine belongs to the group of drugs that is called barbiturates. It works by providing relaxation to the muscle contractions that are involved in a tension headache. It also works as a fever reducer.


How to use Butalbital?


Read the directions properly first that is given on the prescription. Take this medicine through the mouth and your doctor will tell you whether to take it with the food or not. Usually, this medication is prescribed every 4 hours as needed or according to the medical condition.

This medication can also be taken in liquid form but be careful while taking. Properly measure it with the special medicine measurement device. Don’t take any spoon or related thing to measure the medicine as it can make your dose incorrect.

The dosage of this medication is usually base on the medical condition of the patient, age, gender, and the most important thing is how your health responds to the treatment. This best medicine for pain relief and tension headache works perfectly if it is used when the headache occurs the first time. If you will wait for the situation to get worsen then the chances are that this medication may not work as well.

Don’t think of stopping this medication without consulting a doctor because if you will suddenly stop taking this medicine, you may face symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, mental/mood changes, seizures. Your medical professional will lower your dosage slowly to prevent the withdrawal symptoms that are mentioned above. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of these symptoms.

Though this medication provides relaxation to your headache or pain, sometimes people get addicted to this medication. This possibility increases if you have any addiction or overuse alcohol or drugs. Take this medicine at the same time each day to avoid side effects and for the best results. Take it as prescribed by the doctor or pharmacist to avoid the addiction of this medicine. For more information about this medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist.


Side effects of Butalbital


See the warning section for the side effects of this medication.

These are some side effects that may occur while using this medication.

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Pain in abdominal
  • Constipation
  • Dryness in mouth
  • Shaking
  • Breathing problem
  • Increase in urine
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Sleeping problem

If you notice any of these symptoms or side effects while using this medication, contact your doctor or any medical professional.

Lightheadedness and dizziness can be reduced by taking care of your position, rise up slowly while getting up from the sitting or lying position.

This medication is prescribed to you because the doctor has judged that the benefit you will get from this medicine is more than the risk of side effects. Most people didn’t get any side effects while using this medication to cure their pain and tension headache.

Allergic reactions from this drug are rare but get yourself medical support if you notice these serious allergic symptoms such as rashes, itching, swelling on the face, tongue, or throat, severe dizziness, or breathing problem.


Precautions while taking Butalbital


Tell your doctor if you have allergy issues from acetaminophen, caffeine, butalbital, or other barbiturates drugs before using this medication. May be this medicine contain inactive ingredients that may cause allergic reactions or any other problem. If you notice something like an allergy then directly contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Telling about your medical history to the doctor or pharmacist is important as they will get help to relate your treatment with that and you didn’t get any issue again that you have faced before.  A medical history may include any breathing problem, enzyme disorder, liver disease, kidney disease, any personal or family history of overuse or addiction of alcohol or drugs, mental disorder, problem in abdominal.

While using this medication, you may feel dizziness or drowsiness. Alcohol or marijuana can give you more dizzy or drowsy feeling. Don’t use alcohol or marijuana while using this medication. Do not perform any activity that needs alertness or concentration such as driving, using any machinery, etc. Avoid alcohol and marijuana while using Butalbital and if you are addicted to them, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

If the patient is pregnant then this medication is used only when clearly needed. If the delivery time is near then using this medication for longer periods with a heavy dose is not recommended. It can harm the unborn baby in the womb. For better information on this topic of pregnancy and this medication, talk about it with your doctor. If the mother has used this medication during pregnancy then the kid may get symptoms such as irritation, abnormal cry, vomiting, or diarrhea. Tell your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms in your child.


Drug interactions with the Butalbital


If drug interaction happens then this medication may change how it works and may also increase the chances of side effects. Tell your doctor about the medicines or other medical products that you are using whether it is prescribed or non-prescribed. Also, tell me about the herbal products if you are using one. Don’t change, start, or stop the dosage of this or any other medication without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.

Products that may interact with this medication include darunavir, sodium oxybate, isoniazid, lithium, phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine.

Butalbital may speed up the process of removal of other drugs from the body of the patient by affecting liver enzymes. These drugs include blood thinners such as warfarin, doxycycline, estrogen, felodipine, theophylline, metoprolol, or prednisone.


How to handle Butalbital overdose situation?


If someone gets an overdose situation and notice symptoms such as passing through or breathing problem then call the medical emergency helpline number. You can also call the poison control center right away for faster medical support that will help you to get out of the danger. Symptoms of overdose include slow breathing, severe dizziness, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, sweating, pain in the stomach, tiredness, dark color of urine, skin color become yellow.