What you need to know about the Excedrin Migraine Production Halt
Migraine sufferers may have to find an alternative over-the-counter treatment
for Excedrin Migraine because it has been discontinued until further notice.
Both caplet and gel tablets of Excedrin Extra Strength and Excedrin Migraine
will be temporarily unavailable as the company, GlaxoSmithKline, works
to resolve an inconsistency in how the ingredients are weighed. The manufacturer
stated that this production halt is a precautionary measure and there
are no risks associated with the products.
According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraines impact an estimated
one in four households in the U.S. with about 90 percent of migraine sufferers
having a family history of migraines. What does this temporary pause in
production mean for those people? While Excedrin Migraine is the most
frequently used over-the-counter drug for migraines, try looking for substitute
medications with the same formula as Excedrin Migraine (250 mg acetaminophen,
250 mg of aspirin and 65 mg of caffeine.) Excedrin Tension Headache and
Excedrin PM Headache have not been affected by the production halt and
are both still available. You should consult with your pharmacist to find
One thing migraine sufferers should watch out for when using Excedrin Migraine
or a combination of its alternatives is “Medication Overuse Headaches.”
The excessive use of caffeine, acetaminophen and aspirin to treat migraines
more than twice a week for 3 or more consecutive months can create a dependence
on the medication, rendering it less effective and triggering more frequent
attacks. If you experience migraines regularly and rely on Excedrin Migraine
for relief, talk with your doctor about other potential preventative options.