A member of the barbiturate family of sedatives, butalbital is combined with acetaminophen and prescribed for tension headaches under a large variety of names. Like other barbiturates, butalbital can be habit-forming and easy to abuse.
Butalbital abuse is dangerous enough on its own. However, the acetaminophen it’s combined with adds other risks. Although not habit-forming or narcotic, acetaminophen can damage the liver in large doses, especially if it’s combined with alcohol.
Butalbital and acetaminophen are both deadly in large enough doses. Detox from butalbital can be difficult; it’s best to recover from butalbital addiction with clinical detox. A detox center can make butalbital withdrawal easier to endure, as well as safer.