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Brand Names: Fiorinal, Fiormor, Fiortal, Fortabs, Laniroif

Generic Name: aspirin/butalbital/caffeine (Pronunciation: AS pir in/byoo TAL bi tall/CAF een)

What is aspirin/butalbital/caffeine (Fiorinal, Fiormor, Fiortal, Fortabs, Laniroif)?

Aspirin is a pain reliever, as well as an anti-inflammatory and a fever reducer.

Butalbital is in a class of drugs called barbiturates that slow down your central nervous system (brain and nerve impulses) and cause relaxation.

Caffeine is believed to constrict dilated blood vessels (veins and arteries) that may contribute to tension headaches.

Aspirin/butalbital/caffeine is used to relieve complex tension headaches, although precisely how it works is unknown.

Aspirin/butalbital/caffeine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

ASA-Butalbital-Caffeine Tab-WES

round, white, imprinted with West-ward 785

ASA-BUT-CAF 325-50-40 mg-PUR

round, white, imprinted with R, 023

Butalbital-Aspirin-Caffeine 50-325-40 mg-WAT

green/yellow, imprinted with WATSON, 3219

Fiorinal Cap-WAT

dark green/light green, imprinted with FIORINAL 955

What are the possible side effects of aspirin/butalbital/caffeine (Fiorinal, Fiormor, Fiortal, Fortabs, Laniroif)?

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking aspirin/butalbital/caffeine and seek emergency medical attention:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
  • slow, weak breathing;
  • severe weakness or dizziness; or
  • black, bloody, or tarry stools or blood in your urine or vomit.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take aspirin/butalbital/caffeine and talk to your doctor if you experience

  • dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, or decreased appetite;
  • dizziness, tiredness, or lightheadedness; or
  • ringing in your ears.

Butalbital may be habit forming.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about aspirin/butalbital/caffeine (Fiorinal, Fiormor, Fiortal, Fortabs, Laniroif)?

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

Avoid alcohol. Alcohol taken during therapy with aspirin/butalbital/caffeine can increase the risk of stomach bleeding and can increase drowsiness and dizziness.

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

Avoid other over-the-counter and prescription products that contain aspirin. Too much aspirin could be dangerous. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any over-the-counter preparations.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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