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Butalbital, Aspirin, Caffeine, and Codeine
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Butalbital, Aspirin, Caffeine, and Codeine Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(byoo TAL bi tal, AS pir in, KAF een, & KOE deen)

U.S. Brand Names

Ascomp® with Codeine; Fiorinal® with Codeine

Canadian Brand Names

Fiorinal®-C 1/2; Fiorinal®-C 1/4; Tecnal C 1/2; Tecnal C 1/4

Pharmacologic Category

Analgesic Combination (Opioid); Barbiturate

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with child's healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to butalbital, aspirin, caffeine, codeine, or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Bleeding problems, nasal polyps, porphyria, or ulcer disease.

How does it work?

• Butalbital calms the brain.

• Aspirin blocks production and release of chemicals that cause pain and inflammation.

• Caffeine relieves pain.

• Codeine binds to brain receptors, relieving pain. It decreases the feeling of pain and a person's response to pain.

How is it best taken?

• Take this medicine with food.

• Drink plenty of noncaffeine-containing liquid unless told to drink less liquid by healthcare provider.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Many times this medicine is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more than 6 capsules per day.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Keep a diary of your headaches.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from light.

• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 11:05:45.0

Modified: 2010-03-22 14:23:46.0

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