So call me late to the party, but I just learned that Excedrin Migraine has been recalled off of store shelves and that this recall was voluntary and took place back in early 2012.
This consumer had just run out of Excedrin Migraine pills and we went off to Walgreen’s to get more, but they didn’t have any. I was reeling pretty bad from the migraine that was attacking me, so we walked over to Safeway and they too did not have any.
Not only did they not have any Excedrin Migraine but they had no Excedrin products on the shelves at all. The panic set in. But more importantly, I started to research this dramatic moment in my life.
Turns out that back in January all products produced by Novartis were voluntarily pulled from shelves because the “FDA says there was a risk that it might be contaminated with opiate prescription drugs like morphine, which were made in the same plant.”
No wonder we all liked it!!!
OK, all joking aside, the products involved in this recall include Bufferin, NoDoz, and Gas-X.
The reason that myself and probably many others haven’t noticed is because our supply of aspirin and other favored pills aren’t something consumers run through on a weekly basis. In my case, just now.
There are many consumers that swear by the Excedrin Migraine medicines, and nothing else seems to do the trick for us.
In my case, I did find an interesting pseudo fix…
Excedrin & Other Temporary Replacements
Since we can’t have our Excedrin Migraine pills, I went out and concocted my own cocktail of acetaminophen, (Tylenol), aspirin and caffeine. Or Anacin plus acetaminophen. (This was the recommendation at the ABC source link) Or some no-name replacements like Walgreen’s brand Migraine Relief.
For Gas-X it’s been recommended to use Mylanta Gas liquid.
For NoDoz, a 16-oz cup of coffee has the same amount of caffeine.
On the Bright Side
Novartis had started moving to recover from this issue and they expect to start releasing a “limited portfolio” of products in the second half of the year.
So if you are some of the lucky ones who still have a supply, many are jealous of you. If you only have a few pills left, try not to panic.
We will survive this Excedrin Migraine product recall. It wasn’t their fault, and it was a precautionary recall, not something that was instigated by something bad that took place from taking potentially tainted pills.