Butal compound, is a nonnarcotic analgesic (pain killer) and relaxant, prescribed for the relief of migraine and other tension headache symptoms that do not respond to regular over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics. Butal compound combines a sedative barbiturate (butalbital) with aspirin and caffeine.

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Butal bital, a strong, non-narcotic pain reliever and relaxant, is prescribed for the relief of tension headache symptoms caused by muscle contractions in the head, neck, and shoulder area. It combines a sedative barbiturate (butalbital), a non-aspirin pain reliever (acetaminophen), and caffeine.
Most important fact about Butal bital

Mental and physical dependence can occur with the use of barbiturates such as butalbital when these drugs are taken in higher than recommended doses over long periods of time.
How should you take Butal bital?


Take Butal bital exactly as prescribed. Do not increase the amount you take without your doctor's approval.

--If you miss a dose...

Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take 2 doses at the same time.

--Storage instructions...

Store at room temperature in a tight, light-resistant container.

Possible food and drug interactions when taking Butalbital

Butal bital slows the central nervous system (CNS) and intensifies the effects of alcohol and other CNS depressants. Use of alcohol with this drug may also cause overdose symptoms. Avoid alcoholic beverages while taking Butal bital.

If Butal bital is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Butal bital with the following:
Antihistamines such as Benadryl
Drugs known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors, including the antidepressants Nardil and Parnate
Drugs to treat depression such as Elavil
Major tranquilizers such as Haldol and Thorazine
Muscle relaxants such as Flexeril
Narcotic pain relievers such as Darvon
Sleep aids such as Halcion
Tranquilizers such as Xanax and Valium


Butal bital in Butal compound may cause mental and physical dependence if taken over long periods of time.

If you are allergic or sensitive to Aspirin, ask your doctor if Butal compound is right for you as it contains acetaminophen (paracetamol) instead of Aspirin.

Use extreme caution if you have asthma, other respiratory problems or liver disease.


Butal compound may cause you to become drowsy. Do not drive or operate dangerous machinery until you know how Butal compound affects you.

If you are being treated for severe depression or drug abuse inform your physician before using Butal compound.

Inform your doctor if you have liver or kidney problems before using Butal compound .


Common side effects of Butal compound may include lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, stomach ulcer or bleeding, nausea, and sleeping disturbances in the beginning. Usually these symptoms go away with use. However, if these symptoms persist or become bothersome, inform your physician.

Rare side effects of Butal compound include fatigue, agitation, disorientation, euphoria, constipation, insomnia, rash, diarrhea, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, and trouble breathing.


Symptoms of Butal compound overdose may include coma, confusion, drowsiness, low blood pressure, shock, slow or troubled breathing, stomach ulcer or bleeding, excess perspiration, feeling of bodily discomfort, nausea, and vomiting.

If you suspect Butal compound overdose, seek medical attention right away.


If you are or planning to become pregnant, inform your physician right away.

Nursing mothers should switch to bottle-feed while taking Butal compound.

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