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Esgic Plus

Classification: Headache
Generic Name: Acetaminophen, Butalbital, and Caffeine
Typical Brand Names: Fioricet

Butalbital and acetaminophen (byoo-TAL-bi-tal and a-seat-a-MIN-oh-fen) combination is a pain reliever and relaxant. It is used to treat tension headaches. Butalbital belongs to the group of medicines called barbiturates(bar-BI-tyoo-rates). Barbiturates act in the central nervous system (CNS) to produce their effects.

When you take 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 butalbital and acetaminophen combinations also contain caffeine (KAF-een) . 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 acetaminophen combination may also be used for other kinds of headaches or other kinds of pain as determined by your doctor.

Product Name Price
Esgic Plus (generic) 500 mg - 30 Tabs $36.74
Esgic Plus (generic) 500 mg - 60 Tabs $57.00
Esgic Plus (generic) 500 mg - 90 Tabs $82.00
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Esgic Plus Directions To Use

Take Esgic plus tablets or capsules by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets or capsules with a drink of water. If Esgic plus upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Contact your doctor regarding the use of Esgic Plus in children as special care may be needed.

Esgic Plus Warnings and Side Effects

If the medicine stops working as well as it did when you first started using it, this may mean that you are in danger of becoming dependent on the medicine. Do not try to get better pain relief by increasing the dose. If you are having headaches more often than you did before you started taking this medicine ;this is especially important if a new headache occurs within 1 day after you took your last dose of this medicine, headaches begin to occur every day, or a headache continues for several days in a row. This may mean that you are dependent on the medicine. Continuing to take this medicine will cause even more headaches later on . Your doctor can give you advice on how to relieve the headaches.

Visit your doctor for regular checks on your progress.

After taking Esgic plus you may get a residual hangover effect that leaves you drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how Esgic plus affects you. To reduce dizzy or fainting spells, do not sit or stand up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. Avoid alcoholic drinks while you are taking Esgic plus. Alcohol can increase possible damage to your liver and can increase possible unpleasant effects.

Esgic plus can stop birth control pills (oral contraceptives) from working properly. Use another method of birth control while you are taking Esgic plus.

If you have been taking caffeine or butalbital on a regular basis, you can get withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking them. Symptoms include tiredness, dizziness, headache, anxiety, or nervousness. Try to avoid foods and drinks that contain caffeine while taking Esgic plus.

Do not take Esgic plus with other non-prescription medicines, especially cold and allergy medicines without asking your doctor for advice. Grapefruit juice may increase the effects of Esgic plus.

Many non-prescription medicines contain acetaminophen as an ingredient. Always read the labels carefully to avoid taking an accidental overdose, which can be dangerous.

If you are receiving cancer chemotherapy or other immunosuppression medicine, do not take Esgic plus with out checking with your doctor. Esgic plus may hide the signs of an infection such as fever or pain.

If you are going to have surgery, tell your doctor that you are taking Esgic plus.

Esgic Plus Missed Dose

If your doctor has ordered you to take this medicine according to a regular schedule and you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double dose.

Esgic Plus Storage

Keep out of the reach of children. Store away from heat and direct light. Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down.

Esgic Plus Overdose

If you think you or anyone else may have taken an overdose of this medicine, seek emergency medical attention. Taking an overdose of this medicine or taking alcohol or CNS depressants with this medicine may lead to unconsciousness or possibly death.

Esgic Plus More Information

This medicine may cause drowsiness or dizziness. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or are not alert and clearheaded.

Esgic Plus Disclaimer

This drug information is for your information purposes only, it is not intended that this information covers all uses, directions, drug interactions, precautions, or adverse effects of your medication. This is only general information, and should not be relied on for any purpose. It should not be construed as containing specific instructions for any particular patient. We disclaim all responsibility for the accuracy and reliability of this information, and/or any consequences arising from the use of this information, including damage or adverse consequences to persons or property, however such damages or consequences arise. No warranty, either expressed or implied, is made in regards to this information.