What line of medication is a white oval pill with MIA 106 on it and what is it prescribed for?

Not Medical Advice: A white, capsule-shaped pill imprinted with MIA 106 is acetaminophen and butalbital 325mg/50mg. It is an analgesic combination generally used to treat headaches, and is not a controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act. It is available by prescription only.

It is marketed under these brand names: Axocet, Bucet, Bupap, Butex Forte, Cephadyn, Dolgic, Marten-Tab, Orbivan CF, Phrenilin, Phrenilin Forte, Promacet, Prominol, Sedapap, Tencon, and Triaprin.

Risks of taking this medication during pregnancy cannot be ruled out; inform your physician if you are pregnant, or become pregnant while taking this medication.

Common side effects of acetaminophen/butalbital include nausea, vomiting, light-headedness, dizziness, mild stomach pain, and drowsiness.

Severe side effects may include fainting, rapid heartbeat, severe allergic reactions, fever, persistent sore throat, chills, mental/mood changes, intoxicated feeling, tingling or numbness, skin swelling or peeling, skin redness or blistering, persistent or severe drowsiness, seizures, sluggishness, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, jaundice, dark urine, pale stools, severe stomach pain, unusual weakness or tiredness, or unusual bleeding or bruising.

If you experience any of the above severe side effects while taking acetaminophen/butalbital, or persistent symptoms as listed above in common side effects, we encourage you to seek medical attention immediately.

The NBC news affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul reported on 13 September 2012 that in a study slated to appear soon in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found that there appeared to be a link between acetaminophen and ibuprofen use and hearing loss in women. The study reported a 34% increase of hearing loss in women who regularly took acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen.

Updated on Friday, September 14 2012 at 06:18PM EDT
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