Butalbital and Aspirin (Systemic)
# In Canada, Aspirin
is a brand name. Acetylsalicylic acid is the generic name in Canada.
ASA, a synonym for acetylsalicylic acid, is the term that commonly appears
on Canadian product labels.
Butalbital and aspirin 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.
When you use butalbital for a long time, your body may get used to it so
that larger amounts are needed to produce the same effects. This is called
tolerance to the medicine. Also, butalbital may become habit-forming (causing
mental or physical dependence) when it is used for a long time or in large
doses. Physical dependence may lead to withdrawal side effects when you stop
taking the medicine. In patients who get headaches, the first symptom of withdrawal
may be new (rebound) headaches.
Some of these medicines also contain caffeine. Caffeine may help to relieve
headaches. However, caffeine can also cause physical dependence when it is
used for a long time. This may lead to withdrawal (rebound) headaches when
you stop taking it.
Butalbital and aspirin combination is sometimes also used for other kinds
of headaches or other kinds of pain, as determined by your doctor.
Butalbital and aspirin combination is available only with your doctor's
prescription, in the following dosage forms:
Butalbital and Aspirin
Butalbital, Aspirin, and Caffeine
Capsules (U.S. and Canada)
Tablets (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
- Axotal 1
- Butalgen 2
- Fiorgen 2
- Fiorinal 2
- Fiormor 2
- Fortabs 2
- Isobutal 2
- Isobutyl 2
- Isolin 2
- Isollyl 2
- Laniroif 2
- Lanorinal 2
- Marnal 2
- Vibutal 2
In Canada -
Other commonly used names for the butalbital, aspirin,
and caffeine combination medicine are butalbital-AC
and butalbital compound
For quick reference, the following medicines are numbered to match
the corresponding brand names.
|This information applies to the following medicines:|
||Butalbital and Aspirin ( byoo-TAL-bi-tal and AS-pir-in)†|
||Butalbital, Aspirin #
, and Caffeine (byoo-TAL-bi-tal, AS-pir-in, and kaf-EEN)‡|
|† Not commercially available in Canada|
|‡ Generic name product may be available in the U.S.|