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Voluntary Recall Issued on Excedrin, Bufferin, NoDoz and Gas-X

Bottles may contain broken or stray pills

Drugmaker Novartis is voluntarily recalling bottles of Excedrin, NoDoz, Gas-X-Prevention and Bufferin in the U.S. because they may contain stray pills or broken or chipped tablets.

Select bottles of these over the counter medications are under recall after an internal review and complaints of "broken gelcaps, chipped tablets and inconsistent bottle packaging line clearance practices" where inspectors could not rule out the possibility of pills getting into the wrong bottles, according to a release from the company.

The company has not received any complaints about the possible mix-ups or broken tablets and says there have been no reports of health issues leading to the recall.

Here are all medications on the recall list:

  • All Bufferin products expiring Dec. 20, 2013 or earlier, including regular strength tablets, low dose tablets and extra-strength tablets.
  • All Gas-X Prevention products expiring Dec. 20, 2013 or earlier.
  • All NoDoz products expiring Dec. 20, 2014 or earlier.
  • All of the following Excedrin products expiring Dec. 20, 2014 or earlier: Excedrin Extra Strength Caplets, Excedrin Extra Strength Express Gel Caplets, Excedrin Extra Strength Gel Caplets, Excedrin Extra Strength Tablets, Excedrin Back & Body Caplets, Excedrin Sinus Headache Caplets, Excedrin Migraine Caplets, Excedrin Migraine Gel Tablets, Excedrin Migraine Tablets, Excedrin Menstrual Complete Express Gel Caplets, Excedrin PM Caplets, Excedrin PM Express Gel Caplets, Excedrin PM Tablets, Excedrin Tension Headache Caplets, Excedrin Tension Headache Express Gel Caplets, Excedrin Tension Headache Gel Tablets

Novartis is asking that all medications on the list either be destroyed or returned. Visit the Novartis website for a product return and reimbursement form.

Carole Canto July 12, 2012 at 03:31 PM
HI; I live in Mexico and Both I and my daughter use Excedrin Migraine (Which we USED to be able to get here) and Excedrin PM; which I have to get from the US. Just recently when going to pick up another bottle of excedrin I found they were out, That is not uncommon, as often they are out, But Now I cannot find it anywhere here and upon asking, they say they are out and all the other stores are. I just found out about this recall on this Website OH NOO! I hope it does end soon, I unlike most of you still have a small amount left. I just found out there are NO Bottles left in Merida (Where I live) and I am buying the last four bottles I have found in a small town here. In Mexico, Farmacias YZA is the Farmacy that has been selling them, as well as Wallmart. Perhaps you can still find them in other parts of Mexico. Farmacias YZA can check all the registries of one town, if you can call Mexico City, Or Monterrey, Or somewhere perhaps you may get lucky if you know anyone visiting Mexico.
Susan July 22, 2012 at 09:35 PM
I also have not gotten relief from anything other than Excedrin for Migraines. It is the end of July, any word on when they will be back on the shelves? Do you think the "New" Excedrin for Migraines will work just as good? I sure hope so because it is the only thing that helps me....
Yaya July 25, 2012 at 04:37 AM
I have also suffered from Migraines since I could remember and doctor bills and meds were driving me bankrupt, Excedrin wasa life saver and now I'm back to days with migraines and let'snot even get into back pain. Excedrin Migraine and Excedrin Back and Body were the best out there. I hope they think of us the consumers and not the politicians.
D Crain August 01, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I PERSONALLY BELIEVE EXCEDRIN MAY HAVE BEEN TAKEN OFF THE MARKET FOR FEAR OF A LAWSUIT! Afterall the comments on this blog attest to the fact there are many people addicted to it. I know I am! What cheaper way for the company to avoid a massive financially destructive lawsuit than to just remove it with some lame excuse and escape with all their money intact? Call me crazy but... THINK about it first.
Xavier Tenneson August 15, 2012 at 07:14 PM
BRAND NAME DRUGS VS GENERICS. I have been the manager of a medical testing lab (neurology) for 17 years, and have interviewed at least 15,000 patient for medical history. It is clear that the answer to question of whether brand name drugs are better or the same as generics, or vice-versa, can only be answered by the person taking the medications. Countless patients have told me over the years about their experiences with medications, and the only thing for certain is that each person has to experiment to find which med is effective for them. Don't believe the marketing.
Joyce F. August 24, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I spent 3 days in the hospital after taking Excedrin Migraine (2 tablets in the morning for 5 days in a row because I thought I had virus related headache.The first four days I started experiencing severe chest pains within 45 minutes of taking the excedrin migraine. I would then take another pain med and maalox to combat the chest pain and it would go away after another hour of resting in a chair. On the fifth day, nothing would relieve the pain. I thought I may be having heart attack because I felt the pain was going down my left arm. I managed to drive myself to my husbands job 5 mins. away where he took me to hospital. Spent 3 days there undergoing heart and digestive tests. Nothing found except red stomach. Prescribed Reglan. Next day blood pressure so low I could not get up. Refused Reglan. Blood pressure returned to normal. Was finally given regular meal and told could leave if meal did not cause chest pain. All was fine and left hospital. Drs. made stress test appointment for me. No Excedrin Migraine in hospital and did not take again for 7 days. The next sunday, I took two from the same bottle as before. Within 45 minutes began the chest pain again. Refused to return to hospital. Had heart stress test next week. When arriving home, found letter saying my Excedrin Migraine was in recall. I am highly allergic to codeine. Causes chest pain! Took Excedrin Migraine for years and bought at Sams Club only once.
Joyce F. August 24, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I saw your comments about miscarriage and the excedrin. I am so sorry for your lose. I still have my opened/unopened bottle of Excedrin Migraine. You will find my comments under Joyce F. posted on August 24, 2012. FDA and Novartis want me to turn my unused tablets back to Novartis for them to exam themselves. I do not know if Excedrin Migraine was my culprit but I am not letting Novartis exam these tablets. I am looking for possible class action suits against Novartis. If you find any please post and I will do the same. Attorneys are expensive and testing labs for these tablets are at least $150. per tablet plus more to do controlled substance panel test.
Joyce F. August 24, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Please read my comments concerning the recalled Excedrin Migraine. You will find under Joyce F. posted on August 24, 2012.
Joyce F. August 24, 2012 at 03:48 PM
No nose bleed but was hospitalized and later found my Excedrin Migraine was in recall. Please read my comments posted August 24, 2012 under Joyce F. Looking for class action suit to enter.
Joyce F. August 24, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Please read my comments posted on August 24, 2012 under Joyce F. Novartis wants me to send my recalled tablets back to them for investigation!. Looking for class action lawsuit.
Joyce F. August 24, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I have read your many comments. I took Excedrin Migraine for years and had a bottle in the recall. Please read my comments under Joyce F. posted August 24, 2012. I feel for anyone who suffers migraines. I do also. I found after the recall that the Walgreens generic brand was still the only one on the shelves. Found them no where else. I started taking it and it seems to help. That generic brand at Walgreens was never in recall.
Joyce F. August 24, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Novartis wants me to send my excedrin migraine back to them. Are they crazy. Why would they tell me the truth?? If you find class action suit please post and I will do the same. Ask any lawyer....and see what they say about turning your tablets over to Novartis. I am allergic to codeine. I have a recall letter about my Excedrin Migraine. See my comments under Joyce F. posted August 24, 2012
Joyce F. August 24, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Also want everyone to know that this was a new bottle unopened that I bought at Sams Club during holiday.
Joyce F. August 26, 2012 at 04:10 PM
can you get tablets tested for controlled substance ingredients??? I am not able to afford to get my Excedrin Migraine tested. It was in recall. Please read my statement posted August 24, 2012 under Joyce F.
Keri September 14, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Try any generic store brand. For those who say they aren't the same... Try putting the generic form. In the Ecedrine bottle. Look up the difference between generic vs name branded drugs . It's mostly a psychological thing.
Joyce F. September 15, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Thank you for the reply. My brand name Excedrin Migraine was in the recall. I do take the generic brand and always had until I found the Excedrin Migraine at Sams Club in December of 20ll and bought a three bottle pack because it was on sale. I got sick within 45 minutes each time I took 2 tablets from the Sams Club bottles of Excedrin Migraine. I actually ended up in the hospital on the 4th day I tried those pills from Sams Club because I could not get the chest pains to stop. To this day, I firmly believe the Excedrin Migraine is tainted. I am very allergic to codeine and my recall letter states that the Excedrin Migraine may have been mixed with other medicines such as percodan, etc. I am looking for anyone who may have suffered adverse reactions from the recalled medicine or found any unnamed pills in their recalled bottles such as the person who seemed to have found an antibiotic in theirs. My letter also says that Novartis had been exposing the brand name Excedrin Migraine to other medicines for around five years. I am looking for a class action suit to start as Labs are more than I can afford to have my tablets tested on my own. Novartis wants my tablets back...no way they are going back to them to be tested by their own employees. The FDA even says to let Novartis test them. These tablets will only go back after a suit is filed. I feel for people who are begging for the brand name. I suffer migraines, too. But I suffered more in that hospital.
Sonni Nagel September 15, 2012 at 09:17 PM
it is called the rebound effect: yes it can rebound if you rely on it too often,, the golden rule? less is more and the will work better than ever,, what really causes your migraines?? once you know the trigger,;you are aware of when to take ots's.. hope this helps,, better late than never i guess.
Jessica September 18, 2012 at 08:00 AM
"Look up the difference between generic vs name branded drugs . It's mostly a psychological thing." It's definitely NOT mostly a psychological thing. Believe me if you blindfolded me and gave me either generic or Excedrin, I'd be able to tell the difference. In my search to find a generic equivalent, I tried the CVS brand and found that it made me dizzy and nauseous (and did NOT cure my headache). Fortunately I later found that the Safeway brand is pretty decent and helps my headaches, but it's still not the same.
Jessica September 18, 2012 at 08:02 AM
According to Excedrin's Facebook page, it'll be back in stores in October. Let's hope so.
Monty Dane September 18, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Feverfew tabs, they are an herbal, start taking them religiously every day. In a few months your migraines will disappear. You maybe be able to stop for awhile, and resume taking of you get another migraine. Migraines can be caused in some women by excessive hormones, ie, birth control pills or HRT. When I stopped taking the pill 40 yrs ago, the 2x weekly migraines went away. Not one in all that time. Went thru 'the change' with no hormone replacements for fear of triggering another migraine. My son takes feverfew - hasn't had a migraine in years.
Tina Anderson September 19, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I too suffer from 'migraine clusters' and the only thing that knocked them out was the Excedrin migraine. I still have a bottle left and don't know what I'll do when it's gone. The generic brands don't work as well for me. Guess I'll try my own concoction until I get a mix that works...aspirin, ibuprofen and caffeine tablets, which may be a bit harder to find since they also took No-Doz off the market too!!! I know aspirin and ibuprofen is not a safe mix but being in such pain you want to beat your head against the floor isn't either. Will also check into some homeopathic treatments as well.
Tina Anderson September 19, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Many people also don't realize that with the generic vs the brand name thing, it's the fillers that affect the way the body is able to utilize the medications. Some fillers are just too darn hard for a person's body to break down to get to the medicine while for others it's not a problem. Yes, the same dosage of medicine may be in the generic but the fillers are not the same from manufacturer to manufacturer. So understanding how our bodies work with the generics will make it easier to choose a safe alternative to meds we can no longer get.
H. Thorney September 21, 2012 at 02:28 AM
All of you retards.....I mean sheeple, WAKE UP. the FDA mandates that generics have to be chemically equivalent. Saying that Excedrin MIgraine has some special power is ridiculous. When you get a scrip from the hospital do you pay the extra $20-30 for name brand Vicoden or Penicillen? It is all in your head, and its called the placebo effect. People like you are why depression studies show that 50% of people respond to treament with a placebo (that's a sugar pill for you plain folk). When you buy Walmart's brand of generic Excedrin what does it say on the back? Another secret, look at the box of regular Excedrin, and Excedrin MIgrain, bet you feel stupid now, yes they are both the same. Plain old Asprin, Tylenol, and Caffeine. The caffeine counteracts the Main problem of Migraines-something you ate triggered a seretonin response, and the blood vessels in your head expanded, It's called vasodilation, and caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, also asprin was the very first anti-inflammatory, which also helps. The tylenol is there because it works on pain in a different way than asprin. You have bad migraines? Me too, well not as bad as they used to be, but do what i do: buy some caffeine tablets, and the next time you get a migraine..take two caffeine caps, four motrin or advil (yes, generic is fine), and two extra-strength tylenol. I just gave you the most powerful home remedy in existance for migraines, ask your doctor. OH BTW, Percocett in Excedrin? Really?
H. Thorney September 21, 2012 at 02:40 AM
OH, please don't waste your money on homeopathic crap. Take the time to read about this fallacy, and why it cannot possibly work. Homeopathic meds are compounded, which means they take an ingredient, and mix it with water. then they take some of that, and.....yep mix it with water again, and so on, and on, and on. when you see something that says 16x or higher the dilution of the original ingredient is a number with too many zero's to print. 16x and higher is pretty much like taking the universe, and finding one molecule. The only reason stores still sell that stuff is its so cheap to produce, and uh ya you got it, the placebo effect. Wow, are we back here so soon?
H. Thorney September 21, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Wow, this thread is just full of it. I am loving it, Jessica i would love the chance to give you that blindfold test, and ......uh, oh, oops was just thinking of a Jessica i worked with. I wish she would invite me over to blindfold her..........huh? Oh, ya generics, like I said I bet when you folks get a scrip from your doctor, and go fill it then think nothing of it, aren't concerned about generics then, because your insurance company surely isn't having anything to with name brands. Just think about it, use your god given ability to discern all of this silliness. Use your computer, and check for studies on generics. Make sure they are double blind studies, and you will find the truth. If your migraines are that bad anyway you should see a doctor, they know what causes them, and there are drugs available that help as well as other drugs that work on pain in other ways. Many docs are prescribing Elavil now to help: This pain relieving capacity of anti-depressants were at first believed to be linked to the depression mitigation effects, as depression may often be tied in with chronic pain. However, some anti-depressants, Elavil among them, have been seen to reduce pain even in patients not experiencing depression. Remember one thing, all kidding aside..I just want to help. I used to have massive cluster migraines, and it was terrible. From my early teens through my early fourties, now I get maybe two or three a year, and the coffee, 800mg advil, 1000mg tylenol solution works.
Shawn Prytula October 24, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I don't buy this story for three reasons: 1. Why did they also pull the HEB private label Excedrin off the shelves simultaneously? 2. Why did the pharmacist tell me I was going to have to get a prescription in the future to buy Excedrin? 3. It is now the end of October, why haven't they managed to restock the shelves yet? That goes for HEB brand as well. There is more to this story. Good story for an independent journalist.
Jessica October 26, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I am addicted to the no dose now i am taking jet alert but they make my face break out when can i get mo doze again
Jessica October 26, 2012 at 08:53 PM
H. Thorney, you need to chill the hell out. I'm not sure why this is bothering you so much that you feel the need to post angry rants about it. I know what my body experiences, thank you. Please don't try to tell me otherwise. Sheesh...
christie November 18, 2012 at 06:57 PM
When is the excedrin back and body comeing back, can someone tell us or put it on the news or is a big secret?
Brenda November 30, 2012 at 10:37 AM
Wow,,, so many posts to read them all. First of all, if you read the ingredients store brand and exedrine list the SAME ingredients. Just sitting here reading my old bottle of exedrine and my bottle of store brand. Same stuff. Secondly, if you look at the packaging for the PMS, Migraine etcetera, same ingredients. The manufacturers package them to the pain "market ". If you have cramps you pick up the PMS. If you have a migraine, you pick up migraine. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. Haven't looked at the back pain, but I'm sure it's the same. You all are addicted to the name. I bought the store brand since the recall and put them in the exedrine bottle ...only difference, no "E "on the pill. Husband finally asked about the recall. And I said we had been taking the store brand for several months now. He laughed. Store brands run $2-$3 cheaper. So no offensive excedrine, I'll be sticking to the store brand, keeping my saved cash. And I also suffer from migraines, I just take 3 instead of 2 and a cup of coffee(and a handful of olives, it seems tjesalt helps me)

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