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Controlled Substance Act Schedule: III
Other names for Butalbital
Butalbital is a controlled substance, in part, because of its propensity for causing dependence and addiction. The substance by itself can cause intoxication as well, but it’s commonly mixed with other substances for desired effects whether in medical use or recreational use. WHen mixed with alcohol or benzodiazepines, for example, the likelihood of intoxication is considerably higher, and that intoxication is far more significant also. However, butalbital goes further to constrict or depress the respiratory system. Combining its use with the consumption of alcohol is also particularly more dangerous because both independently deal damage to the liver and, thus, compound their liver toxicity contributions when used together.
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In pharmacology, butalbital is often combined with acetaminophen to create paracetamol, which has been branded under such trade names as Bucet, Phrenilin and Forte, among others. Also branded as Axocet and Dolgic, for example, this combo is used to treat fever and mild pain. Certain forms of Tylenol are, in fact, paracetamol. Conversely, butalbital can be combined with caffeine or codeine to make any of several other branded medications. In general, these are used to treat headaches or other mild-to-moderate pain.
Butalbital is taken either in pill or liquid form through the mouth and swallowed to ingest.
Feeling unable to function without using butalbital.
Unsuccessful attempts to stop using butalbital.
Prioritizing use of butalbital over spending time with family or friends.
Continued use of butalbital despite adverse or negative consequences.
Despite being used to treat headaches, Butalbital brings a risk that episodic headaches may become chronic if treated with Butalbital.
No double-blind study has been recorded and replicated to prove that Butalbital’s efficacy against headaches is more than a placebo effect.
Tolerance of the substance develops very quickly, which allows dependence to develop equally quickly.