acetaminophen and butalbital (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking acetaminophen and butalbital?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to acetaminophen (Tylenol) or butalbital, or if you have porphyria.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had alcoholic liver disease (cirrhosis) or if you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day. You may not be able to take medicine that contains acetaminophen.
Butalbital may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Never share this medication with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
To make sure you can safely take acetaminophen and butalbital, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
Tell your doctor if you drink more than three alcoholic beverages per day or if you have ever had alcoholic liver disease (cirrhosis). You may not be able to take medication that contains acetaminophen.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether acetaminophen and butalbital will harm an unborn baby, but it can cause seizures in a newborn if the mother takes the medication late in pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
Acetaminophen and butalbital can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this medicine.
How should I take acetaminophen and butalbital?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take more of this medication than is recommended. An overdose of acetaminophen can damage your liver or cause death. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
One acetaminophen and butalbital pill may contain up to 650 mg of acetaminophen. Know the amount of acetaminophen in the specific product you are taking.
An overdose of acetaminophen can damage your liver. Adults should not take more than 1 gram (1000 mg) of acetaminophen per dose or 4 grams (4000 mg) per day. If you drink more than three alcoholic beverages per day, you should never use more than 2 grams (2000 mg) of acetaminophen per day.
Take this medicine with a full glass of water.
Do not stop using acetaminophen and butalbital suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using this medication.
This medication can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using acetaminophen and butalbital.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using acetaminophen and butalbital. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Butalbital is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
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.
Need help identifying pills and medications?
Chronic Pain/Back Pain
Find tips and advances in treatment.