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These medications are comparable to Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) or used for similar purposes.

Fioricet
(Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine)

Fioricet With Codeine
(Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine / Codeine)

Imitrex
(Sumatriptan)

Qudexy Xr
(Topiramate)

Zomig
(Zolmitriptan)

Corzide
(Nadolol / Bendroflumethiazide)

Timoptic
(Timolol)

Tenex
(Guanfacine)

Cafergot
(Ergotamine / Caffeine)

Inderal
(Propranolol)

Tenormin
(Atenolol)

Effexor
(Venlafaxine)

Elavil
(Amitriptyline)

Maxalt
(Rizatriptan)

Treats tension headaches. Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) works well for tension headaches, but isn’t recommended due to the ability to overuse it and have withdrawal symptoms.Coming soon.Treats migraine headaches. Imitrex (Sumatriptan) is an excellent choice for acute migraine relief, but you might need another medication to prevent headaches.Prevents seizures and migraine headaches. Qudexy Xr (Topiramate) is useful for preventing seizures and migraines, and doesn't require blood tests while you're on it.Coming soon.Coming soon.Coming soon.Treats ADHD and lowers blood pressure. Tenex (Guanfacine) can be used to treat both blood pressure and ADHD, but it's not recommended as a first-line treatment for either problem.Coming soon.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Inderal (Propranolol) is good for treating many heart problems and other problems in the body, but it has more side effects than other beta blockers. You can't miss doses.Lowers blood pressure and controls heart rate. Tenormin (Atenolol) is good for controlling chest pain and treating heart failure and heart attack with fewer side effects than other beta blockers. You have to take it on an empty stomach, and you can't miss doses.Improves mood and helps you relax. Effexor (Venlafaxine) is good for treating depression and anxiety. May work when other antidepressants haven't, it's but more likely to cause side effects and withdrawal symptoms than other antidepressants.Improves mood and relieves certain kinds of pain. Elavil (Amitriptyline) is an older antidepressant that's sometimes used to treat pain and sleep problems, but it can have more side effects than similar medications.Treats migraine headaches. Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is great for relieving short migraines, but doesn't work as well for long-lasting headaches.
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Reviews for Imitrex (Sumatriptan)
77%
15% vs. Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine)
73%
4% vs. Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine)
15%
7% vs. Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine)
Reviews for Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)
54%
38% vs. Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine)
52%
25% vs. Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine)
33%
25% vs. Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine)

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Reviews for Inderal (Propranolol)
62%
30% vs. Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine)
58%
19% vs. Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine)
17%
9% vs. Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine)
Reviews for Tenormin (Atenolol)
57%
35% vs. Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine)
48%
29% vs. Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine)
16%
8% vs. Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine)
Reviews for Effexor (Venlafaxine)
61%
31% vs. Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine)
50%
27% vs. Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine)
22%
14% vs. Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine)
Reviews for Elavil (Amitriptyline)
52%
40% vs. Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine)
34%
43% vs. Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine)
23%
15% vs. Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine)

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Side effects
FioricetFioricet with codeineImitrexTopamaxZomignadololtimololTenexCafergotPropranololAtenololEffexorElavilMaxalt

We haven’t found good data for Fioricet side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for Fioricet with codeine side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Fioricet with codeine »
  • Pain and other pressure sensations 4%
  • Paresthesia (all types) 3%
  • Atypical sensations 2%
  • Chest - pain/tightness/pressure and/or heaviness 1%
  • Pain - location specified 1%
  • Sensation warm/cold 1%
  • Other - pressure/tightness/ heaviness 1%
More Imitrex side effects »
  • Tingling sensation 45%
  • Slowed-down thinking and movements 19%
  • Dizziness 17%
  • Drowsiness 17%
  • Fatigue 17%
  • Change in taste 14%
  • Difficulty with concentration/attention 13%
  • Nervousness 12%
  • Difficulty with memory 11%
  • Vision abnormal 11%
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We haven’t found good data for Zomig side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for nadolol side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for timolol side effects.

FDA side effect reports for timolol »
  • Drowsiness 31%
  • Fatigue 8%
  • Dizziness 7%
  • Headache 5%
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We haven’t found good data for Cafergot side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Cafergot »
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Fatigue 4%
More Propranolol side effects »
  • Tiredness 13%
  • Dizziness 7%
  • Cold extremities 7%
  • Low mood disorder 3%
  • Vivid dreams 2%
  • Shortness of breath 2%
  • Leg pain 2%
  • Nausea 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Fatigue 1%
More Atenolol side effects »
  • Nausea 42%
  • Drowsiness 22%
  • Dizziness 20%
  • Nervousness 17%
  • Sleep difficulty 16%
  • Loss of appetite 15%
  • Sweating 14%
  • Dry mouth 13%
  • Dry mouth 11%
  • Muscle weakness 10%
More Effexor side effects »

The Elavil FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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We haven’t found good data for Maxalt side effects.

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How it works
FioricetFioricet with codeineImitrexTopamaxZomignadololtimololTenexCafergotPropranololAtenololEffexorElavilMaxalt
Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) is a combination of three medications. Butalbital is a barbiturate that relaxes you. Acetaminophen relieves pain, and caffeine narrows the blood vessels that otherwise cause headaches.Coming soon.Imitrex (Sumatriptan) is a triptan medication that treats migraine headaches. It releases serotonin, which lowers the inflammation that causes headaches.Qudexy Xr (Topiramate) is an antiepileptic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to affect multiple parts of the brain to control seizures and migraines.Coming soon.Coming soon.Coming soon.Tenex (Guanfacine) is a centrally-acting alpha agonist medication. It lowers blood pressure by slowing down the heart rate and relaxing the blood vessels. It's not clear how Tenex (Guanfacine) works in ADHD, but it's used when stimulants haven't worked or can't be used in people.Coming soon.Inderal (Propranolol) is an alpha and beta blocker. It lowers blood pressure by slowing heart rate, relaxing blood vessels, and lowering the body's fight-or-flight response.Tenormin (Atenolol) is a selective beta blocker that works specifically on the heart. It lowers blood pressure by slowing down the heart and making it less work to pump.Effexor (Venlafaxine) is a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressant. It increases serotonin and norepinephrine activity in the brain, which regulate mood.Elavil (Amitriptyline) is a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA). Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It may change serotonin and norepinephrine activity in the brain, which regulates mood and pain perception. It also has sedative effects.Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is a triptan medication that treats migraine headaches. It releases serotonin, which lowers the inflammation that causes headaches.
Type of medication
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Pain reliever
Barbiturate
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Antimigraine
Triptan
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AnticonvulsantPrescription only
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Antihypertensive
Alpha agonist
Prescription only
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Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
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Antihypertensive
Beta blocker
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Antidepressant
Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI)
Prescription only
Antidepressant
Tricyclic antidepressant (TCA)
Prescription only
Antimigraine
Triptan
Prescription only
Available as
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Used for (click to learn more)
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  • Headache
  • Migraine (Acute)
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertension Migraine; Prophylaxis Ocular hypertension Open-angle glaucoma Postmyocardial infarction syndrome; Prophylaxis
  • Migraine Vascular headache
How well it works for depression
The free Iodine Start program helps people track how well they are improving, and find the right antidepressant faster.
The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Fioricet With Codeine (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine / Codeine)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Imitrex (Sumatriptan)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Qudexy Xr (Topiramate)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Zomig (Zolmitriptan)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Corzide (Nadolol / Bendroflumethiazide)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Timoptic (Timolol)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Tenex (Guanfacine)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Cafergot (Ergotamine / Caffeine)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Inderal (Propranolol)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Tenormin (Atenolol)

After 4 weeks using Start and Effexor (Venlafaxine), here’s how much better people feel.

The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Elavil (Amitriptyline)The free Iodine Start program (personal reports and coaching) is currently only for antidepressants. For now, you can read our pharmacist info about this medication.Learn more about Maxalt (Rizatriptan)
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Drinking more than 2 alcoholic beverages a day
  • Taking with other acetaminophen-containing medicines
  • History of liver disease
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    Pregnancy category
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    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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    DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

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    XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

    Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

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    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    See the FDA package insert
    Alcohol
    • While taking Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine), don’t drink alcohol or take other drugs that slow your body down.
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    • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink while taking this.
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    • You can take the extended-release form once a day with food either in the morning or in the evening at about the same time each day.
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    • A few people will get kidney stones.
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    • Can cause sexual side effects like low libido and an inability to orgasm or ejaculate.
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    Sleep
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    • Imitrex (Sumatriptan) can make you drowsy, so avoid activities that need you to be fully alert until you know how it affects you.
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    • Causes more sleepiness than other antidepressants, so it's good for people who have trouble sleeping.
    • Low doses of Elavil (Amitriptyline) start working in 45 minutes to help you sleep better.
    • Can cause dizziness, drowsiness, constipation, and weight gain.
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    Weight
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    • Can cause sleepiness, speech problems, tingling sensations, and weight loss.
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    • It's more likely to cause sleepiness, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, and weight gain (1 to 5 pounds) than other antidepressants.
    • Can cause dizziness, drowsiness, constipation, and weight gain.
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    Upsides and benefits
    FioricetFioricet with codeineImitrexTopamaxZomignadololtimololTenexCafergotPropranololAtenololEffexorElavilMaxalt
    • Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) works better and faster in treating tension headaches than the combination of acetaminophen and codeine.
    • Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) doesn’t cost much since it's available as a generic medication.
    • Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) has very few side effects.
    • It has been widely used for a long time.
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    • Comes in several forms. Ask your doctor if you should use the pill, nasal spray, patch, or injection.
    • A combination of forms can be used if symptoms do not improve.
    • The nasal spray and injectable forms work very quickly.
    • It's generally safe to use if you are pregnant.
    • Comes in a generic form, so it can be pretty cheap.
    • Used on its own or with other antiepileptic medicines to lower the frequency of seizures, especially for people with tonic-clonic or partial seizures, or Lennox-Gestaut syndrome.
    • Helpful in preventing frequent migraine headaches.
    • Doesn't need routine blood tests.
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    • The same medication treats two different things, high blood pressure and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
    • It's not a "controlled medication".
    • Used to control ADHD when stimulant medications haven't worked or can't be used due to other medical problems.
    • Available as a generic medication, so it should be more affordable than other options.
    Coming soon.
    • A first-choice treatment for heart failure, heart attack, heart valve disorders, and abnormal heart rhythm.
    • Also treats and prevents many non-heart problems, such as tremors, anxiety, migraines, and liver disease symptoms.
    • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
    • A first-choice treatment for heart failure and heart attack.
    • At lower doses, Atenolol has fewer side effects than most beta blockers because it targets the heart and doesn't cross into the brain and central nervous system.
    • A first-choice treatment to prevent chest pain (angina).
    • Effective at relieving depression and anxiety symptoms.
    • Lowers relapse rates of depression.
    • Causes more sleepiness than other antidepressants, so it's good for people who have trouble sleeping.
    • Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them.
    • Might work when other antidepressants haven't worked since it affects two chemicals in the brain that impact your mood. Many other antidepressants affect only serotonin, but not norepinephrine too.
    • Low doses work well to treat certain kinds of chronic pain. It can take 2 weeks to feel the full effects of the medication.
    • Low doses of Elavil (Amitriptyline) start working in 45 minutes to help you sleep better.
    • Six out of every ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them.
    • Triptans like Maxalt (Rizatriptan) are considered the first-choice treatment to relieve moderate to severe migraine-type headaches.
    • It can also be used to treat tension-type headaches.
    • Not all triptans work the same way for people, so you can try multiple ones to find the right medication for you.
    • You don't need to drink water with the orally disintegrating tablet for it to work, so this could be a good medication for people who can't keep water down when they have a migraine.
    Downsides and risks
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    • Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) isn't the first choice medication for treating tension headaches.
    • It's not a good medication for long-term use.
    • Overuse of Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) can lead to chronic tension headaches.
    • Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) can cause dangerous withdrawal symptoms, intoxication, and dependence.
    • Taking Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) can decrease your ability to drive a car, or operate machinery.
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    • The oral and nasal versions of Imitrex (Sumatriptan) have an unpleasant after-taste.
    • Does not prevent migraine headaches; it only treats them once they start.
    • Must wait 1 hour before using second injection.
    • Can cause rebound (more) headaches if Imitrex (Sumatriptan) is used too often.
    • Need to have your blood pressure checked often, especially if you're pregnant.
    • Can cause sleepiness, speech problems, tingling sensations, and weight loss.
    • A few people will get kidney stones.
    • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
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    • Doesn't control ADHD as well as stimulants do, so it's used as a second-line medication.
    • Not a preferred drug to control blood pressure.
    • Can't be stopped suddenly, especially for blood pressure, since the blood pressure can dramatically increase.
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    • Has more side effects than some beta blockers because it crosses into the brain and central nervous system.
    • You can't miss doses. Stopping Propranolol suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
    • Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some might not go away.
    • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have heart failure or heart disease. As a second choice, your doctor might add it to medicines you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
    • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
    • You have to take Atenolol on an empty stomach.
    • You can't miss doses. Stopping Atenolol suddenly can cause your blood pressure to go up suddenly, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke.
    • Taking a beta blocker might make you feel more tired or out of breath during exercise or normal daily routines. This gets better for most people, but for some might not go away.
    • Not a first-choice treatment for high blood pressure according to the latest guidelines, except if you have heart failure or heart disease. As a second choice, your doctor might add it to medicines you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
    • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar if you're diabetic.
    • Can cause sexual side effects like low libido and an inability to orgasm or ejaculate.
    • Not the best option for people with high blood pressure.
    • Overdosing on this medication could be fatal.
    • It's more likely to cause nausea and vomiting or make you feel sick if you miss a dose than other antidepressants. Also causes more sleepiness than others.
    • Like most antidepressants, it can cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people younger than 24.
    • The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you.
    • When used for depression, Elavil (Amitriptyline) causes more side effects and has a higher risk of overdose than other antidepressants. It's usually used when other medications haven't worked.
    • It's more likely to cause sleepiness, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, and weight gain (1 to 5 pounds) than other antidepressants.
    • People age 65 and older have a higher risk for this medication's side effects.
    • Like most antidepressants, it can cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people age 24 and younger.
    • The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you.
    • Maxalt (Rizatriptan) doesn’t prevent migraines or tension headaches, but only works once the headache starts.
    • It can cause rebound headaches if it’s used too often.
    • You need to wait at least 2 hours after your first dose to take a second dose.
    • May not be the best choice if you have long, drawn-out headaches. Ask your doctor about other triptans that can last longer than Maxalt (Rizatriptan).
    • Not a good choice if you have heart disease or if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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    • Take Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) as soon as your headache starts, then lie down in a dark room to help ease the pain.
    • Be sure to take each dose with a full glass of water.
    • Take your time getting up from sitting or lying down while taking Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) to decrease your chances of feeling dizzy.
    • Be sure to limit how much caffeine and chocolate you take while on Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine) since it can cause nervousness, shakiness, and a fast heartbeat.
    • While taking Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine), don’t drink alcohol or take other drugs that slow your body down.
    • Don't take other forms of acetaminophen (Tylenol) while taking Fioricet (Butalbital / Acetaminophen / Caffeine), since taking too much can lead to liver problems.
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    • Take it as soon as your headache starts.
    • If you use the nasal spray, be sure to blow your nose before using it.
    • If you use the patch, put it on a dry area free of scars, tattoos, or other cuts and scrapes. Be sure to press the button to activate it.
    • If you use the injection, you can use a second injection if you still have a headache after an hour. If you have symptoms 2 hours after the injection, switch to the pill version.
    • Imitrex (Sumatriptan) can make you drowsy, so avoid activities that need you to be fully alert until you know how it affects you.
    • Lie down in a dark room after taking Imitrex (Sumatriptan) to help ease the pain.
    • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
    • Don't use if pregnant.
    • Can cause tingling skin sensations and reduced appetite.
    • Report any confusion, decreased sweating, fever, or changes in behavior or vision.
    • Takes 3 to 4 weeks to feel full effects on mood.
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    • Don't stop taking Tenex (Guanfacine) without talking to your doctor first.
    • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink while taking this.
    • Drink plenty of liquids and don't get overheated while taking Tenex (Guanfacine).
    • You can feel sleepy the first few times you take it, or when your dose is increased. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how the medication affects your body.
    • Can take up to 2 weeks for the maximum effect.
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    • Can cause insomnia and fatigue.
    • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
    • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
    • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
    • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
    • Take it on an empty stomach.
    • Can cause fatigue and insomnia.
    • Can cause dizziness in the first few days.
    • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
    • Can hide symptoms of low blood sugar. Be careful if you're diabetic.
    • Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly.
    • Takes about 8 to 12 weeks to see the medication's full effects on your mood.
    • You can take the extended-release form once a day with food either in the morning or in the evening at about the same time each day.
    • Extended-release capsules should be swallowed whole. If you can’t swallow pills, open the capsule, sprinkle it on a spoonful of applesauce and then swallow it without chewing.
    • Stop taking it slowly to avoid getting withdrawal symptoms.
    • Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts.
    • Take at bedtime to avoid some of its side effects.
    • Can cause dizziness, drowsiness, constipation, and weight gain.
    • Stop taking it slowly to avoid getting withdrawal symptoms.
    • Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts.
    • Take Maxalt (Rizatriptan) as soon as you feel you’re getting a headache or experience warning signs like being sensitive to light or sound.
    • If you're taking other medicines to control your headaches (like propranolol), the dose of Maxalt (Rizatriptan) will be different.
    • Let your doctor know if your headaches don’t go away after taking [name-common] or if you have more than 4 migraines per month.
    • It’s available in two different dosage forms, a tablet you take by mouth and an orally disintegrating tablet (Maxalt-MLT) you place on your tongue to let it dissolve.
    • Lie down in a dark room after taking Maxalt (Rizatriptan) to help ease pain. Ask your doctor about other medicines that can help prevent your headaches.
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