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Drug Database - Fioricet Fioricet 325 mg tablet

Generic Name: acetaminophen / butalbital / caffeine
(a-seet-a-MIN-oh-fen) / (boo-TAL-bi-tall) / (CAFF-een)

Brand Names: Fioricet®, Esgic®, Esgic-Plus®

Classification: Pain Reliever

Issue Date: 1997

Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer. Butalbital is in a class of drugs called barbiturates that slow down your central nervous system (brain and nerve impulses) causing relaxation. Caffeine is believed to constrict dilated blood vessels that may contribute to tension headaches.

Together, acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine are called Fioricet. This medication is used to relieve complex tension (muscle contraction) headaches although precisely how it works is unknown. Fioricet may also be used for purposes other than those listed here.

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    Before Using This Medicine

    Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Butalbital will cause drowsiness or dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities.

    Avoid sleeping pills, antihistamines, sedatives, and tranquilizers except under the supervision of your doctor. These may also make you drowsy. Avoid alcohol. Alcohol taken during therapy with acetaminophen and butalbital can be very damaging to your liver and can increase drowsiness and dizziness.

    Check the acetaminophen content of other over-the-counter and prescription products while taking this medication. You should not exceed 4 grams (4000 mg) of acetaminophen per day.

    Never take more Fioricet than is prescribed for you. If your pain is not being adequately treated, talk to your doctor