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Farbital Side Effects

Generic Name: aspirin / butalbital / caffeine

Note: This document contains side effect information about aspirin / butalbital / caffeine. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Farbital.

For the Consumer

Applies to aspirin / butalbital / caffeine: oral capsule, oral tablet

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Change in balance.
  • Feeling confused.
  • Very nervous and excitable.
  • A fast heartbeat.
  • Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
  • Very bad belly pain.
  • Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
  • Throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Ringing in ears.
  • Hearing loss.
  • A very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if you have signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in your mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Feeling sleepy.
  • Dizziness.
  • Gas.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to aspirin / butalbital / caffeine: oral capsule, oral tablet

General

The most common adverse reactions have included drowsiness and dizziness.[Ref]

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Drowsiness, dizziness
Frequency not reported: Lightheadedness[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Frequency not reported: Nausea, vomiting, flatulence[Ref]

Hematologic

Frequency not reported: bone marrow suppression[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Postmarketing reports: Allergic reaction, anaphylactic shock[Ref]

Dermatologic

Frequency not reported: toxic epidermal necrolysis, erythema multiforme[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Aspirin/Butalbital/Caffeine (aspirin / butalbital / caffeine (acetylsalicylic acid/butalbital/caffeine))." Major Pharmaceuticals Inc, Livonia, MI.

2. "Product Information. Fiorinal (ASA/butalbital/caffeine)" Actavis (formerly Abrika Pharmaceuticals LLP), Sunrise, FL.

Some side effects of Farbital may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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