Which medications in the drug class Barbiturates are used in the treatment of Tension Headache?

Updated: Nov 21, 2017
  • Author: Michelle Blanda, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Barbiturates

These agents are used in combination with aspirin and acetaminophen for pain relief and to induce sleep. Caffeine is used to increase its GI absorption. However, butalbital is associated with rebound headaches. Increasing use of these combination preparations may fail to provide pain relief and worsen headache symptoms.

Butalbital, aspirin, caffeine (Fiorinal)

Drug combination used to relieve tension headaches. Barbiturate component has generalized depressant effect on CNS.

Acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine (Fioricet)

Drug combination used to relieve tension headaches. Barbiturate component has generalized depressant effect on CNS.


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