Fiorinal® with Codeine (butalbital, aspirin, caffeine, and codeine phosphate) is supplied in capsule form for oral administration.
Each capsule contains:
codeine phosphate, USP............................30 mg
butalbital, USP...........................................50 mg
caffeine, USP.............................................40 mg
aspirin, USP.............................................325 mg
Codeine phosphate [morphine-3-methyl ether phosphate (1:1) (salt) hemihydrate. C18H24NO7P, anhydrous mw 397.37], is a narcotic analgesic and antitussive.
Butalbital (5-allyl-5-isobutylbarbituric acid, C11H16N2O3, mw 224.26), is a short- to intermediate-acting barbiturate.
Caffeine (1,3,7-trimethylxanthine, C8H10N4O2, mw 194.19), is a central nervous system stimulant.
Aspirin is benzoic acid, 2-(acetyloxy)-, C9H8O4, mw 180.16, is an analgesic, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory.
Fiorinal® with Codeine (butalbital, aspirin, caffeine, and codeine phosphate) is indicated for the relief of the symptom complex of tension (or muscle contraction) headache.
Evidence supporting the efficacy of Fiorinal® with Codeine (butalbital, aspirin, caffeine, and codeine phosphate) is derived from 2 multi-clinic trials that compared patients with tension headache randomly assigned to 4 parallel treatments: Fiorinal® with Codeine (butalbital, aspirin, caffeine, and codeine phosphate), codeine, Fiorinal® (butalbital, aspirin, and caffeine), and placebo. Response was assessed over the course of the first 4 hours of each of 2 distinct headaches, separated by at least 24 hours. Fiorinal® with Codeine (butalbital, aspirin, caffeine, and codeine phosphate) proved statistically significantly superior to each of its components (Fiorinal®, codeine) and to placebo on measures of pain relief.
Evidence supporting the efficacy and safety of Fiorinal® with Codeine (butalbital, aspirin, caffeine, and codeine phosphate) in the treatment of multiple recurrent headaches is unavailable. Caution in this regard is required because codeine and butalbital are habitforming and potentially abusable.
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