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Excedrin Migraine® And Excedrin Extra Strength® Paused For Production

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has temporarily stopped the production of some of its Excedrin brands. This has created shortages of Excedrin Migraine® and Excedrin Extra Strength® caplets and gel tabs in stores across the U.S.1-2

GSK is headquartered in the United Kingdom. It is a global healthcare company with businesses in the manufacturing and distribution of prescription drugs, vaccines, and consumer healthcare products.3

GSK halts production of some Excedrin products

Company consumer healthcare spokesperson, Kathleen Beatty, reports the reason for the voluntary pause in production is due to inconsistencies in manufacturing. Particularly, in the way ingredients are weighed and transferred in the production process.1

Is my Excedrin at home and at the stores safe to continue taking?

Excedrin products currently on the shelves or ones you may have at home is not believed to pose a safety risk to consumers. The concerns were identified as a part of routine quality control. The stop in production is just a precautionary measure. There has been no product recall.

However, as a precautionary measure, GSK has voluntarily stopped the production and distribution of Excedrin Migraine® and Excedrin Extra Strength® caplets and gel tabs. This means they will stop making these products until they can be sure of the exact measurement of ingredients.

Excedrin has been recalled once before in 2012.4 At this point, there is no confirmed date as to when supply will resume.1-2

Are other Excedrin products affected?

Other Glaxo headache products such as Excedrin Tension Headache® and Excedrin PM Headache® have been unaffected and will still be made.1,3 These other over the counter (OTC) pain-relieving drugs may require different dosages.2

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  1. Excedrin shortage possible after maker of migraine drug pauses production. KMOV4. Available at https://www.kmov.com/news/excedrin-shortage-possible-after-maker-of-migraine-drug-pauses-production/article_746a67f8-3c52-11ea-b7ea-8779a831c763.html. Accessed 1/22/20.
  2. Can't find your Excedrin Migraine pills at the pharmacy? Here's why WKBW. Available at https://www.wkbw.com/news/local-news/cant-find-your-excedrin-migraine-at-the-pharmacy-heres-why. Accessed 1/22/20.
  3. Excedrin Migraine. Excedrin the Headache Experts. Available at https://www.excedrin.com/migraines/. Accessed 1/22/20.
  4. Hensley S. Excedrin, Bufferin, NoDoz And Gas-X Recalled. NPR. Available at https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2012/01/09/144896445/excedrin-bufferin-nodoz-and-gas-x-recalled. Accessed 1/22/20.

Comments

  • Luna
    1 month ago

    There are several generic brands with the same active ingredients as Excedrin caplets. Some have the same inert ingredients and some have a little different inert ingredients.

  • Lawrence moderator
    1 month ago

    Hi Luna (@jean) thank you so much for commenting. You are completely right that generic brands have the same active ingredients. Do you have find yourself using generics more frequently than brand names? -Lawrence (Migraine.com Team)

  • Luna
    4 weeks ago

    Yes, generics work fine. Brand names just cost more. It might not be quite the same for prescription drugs but those I don’t take.

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