Butalbital is a medication used to relieve tension headaches. It comes in the form of tablets or capsules and contains a combination of three active ingredients; acetaminophen, caffeine, and butalbital. Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer, caffeine is a stimulant that helps to enhance the pain reliever’s effects, and butalbital is a barbiturate that helps to relieve muscle tension. It is available only on prescription and should be taken only as recommended by a doctor. Butalbital can be habit-forming and can cause dependence with long-term use. It is important to avoid alcohol and other sedatives while taking Butalbital.

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