A friend takes Fioricet for headaches and it contains the sedative “butalbital” combined with tylenol and caffeine. She would like to avoid the tylenol and caffeine for their obvious ill effects and find a way to take butalbital by itself? Would love any information you could provide about this or about butalbital. Thanks
If your friend is trying to avoid the tylenol component of the drug Fioricet…then he/she should NOT take any of the butalbital-APAP combination drugs. APAP (also known as acetaminophen or paracetamol) is the active ingredient in tylenol (and is found in Fioricet).
Unfortunately, butalbital is not available by itself in the US. However, it is available in combination with aspirin and caffeine. One brand is called FIORINAL (other generics exist also). This product would avoid the tylenol part of the drug combination.
If your friend would prefer to avoid the caffeine component of Fioricet, then there a number of caffeine-free butalbital-acetaminophen combinations available (one is called BUTAPAP in the US).
Unfortunately, neither of the aforementioned products contain only butalbital. There used to be a butalbital-aspirin combination available in the US (called Axotal), but it was discontinued.
Butalbital and acetaminophen combination is a pain reliever and relaxant. It is used to treat tension headaches. Butalbital belongs to the group of medicines called barbiturates. Barbiturates act in the central nervous system (CNS) to produce their effects.
on: 11th January 07