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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.

Sharon Furman May 06, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I too hav suffered from migraines for many years. Around 30 years. Excedrin Migraine is the only thing that works for me!!! Even prescription meds dont work. After 1 1/2 months of a 24/7 migraine I recieved my first session of Botox shots for them. You must suffer from over 20 migraines per month and prove you have tried numerous medications that havent worked to get insurance to pay because this is a very expensive treatment. It has cut mine down to about 8 per month or less. Excedrine migraine works on these breakthrough migraines within 15minutes just as it always has!, Hope they are back on market soon because even this many per month is unbearable and I agree that if you could cut off your head to make the pain go away you would
Sharon Furman May 06, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Please bring Excedrin Migraine back soon! We migraine sufferers cant function without it!
Kenny May 07, 2012 at 11:29 PM
The answer: Go to Google, type "Lincoln Nebraska newspaper," then go to the Lincoln Journal. Excedrin is made in 1 U.S. plant in Nebraska. Their article states not until "Mid year," most likely June, 2012. As further verification check Google for "Channel 4 news Michigan" and then type "Excedrin" on that site. They interviewed Novartis 6 months ago and were also told "Mid-year." The plant needs $120 million in upgrades. Until then, we all suffer
Fan May 08, 2012 at 10:17 PM
I completely agree with Sierra, blaming Excedrin for getting the flu is ridiculous. They're saying the pills may have been chipped or misplaced, not that they were contaminated. The packages always come with an insert showing exactly the way the pills are supposed to look, not to mention there's always a picture on the bottle. If you get a bottle of your normal pills and they look wrong, it should be obvious not to take them. This being a voluntary recall and I can tell that I have the right pills in my bottle, I see no reason for me to turn mine in. Luckily I have enough to last me for a few months. Yay for costco huge bottles!
lulu May 09, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I get horrible migraines (have had one for two ays now) the only thing that works for me is Excedrin migraine! Ive tried Advil Migraine and other meds with no luck! This really really sucks. I have NO medical insurance!!!!!!
lulu May 09, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I wish it worked for me! ONLY Excedrin works for me........Advil migraine, Walgreens or Equate did nothing!
Zoraida Claudio May 11, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Por Favor!!! Yo no puedo vivir sin mis pastillas para la migraña.!!!!!!!!! Resuelvan ese problema pronto!!!!!! AAAAGGGGGGHHHHH!!!! ME DUELE LA CABEZA!!!!!! Necesito EXEDRIN!!!!
Sandy May 12, 2012 at 02:32 PM
when will excedrin tension return on the shelves??
Carmen May 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM
This is and will always be the best migrane medication. I had a very serious back surgery and after the surgery my migrane headages are worse. Exedrin was the only pill that helped me. Please do something to help all of us who trust and believe in excedrin. We need it back in the market.
Mike May 17, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I heard from a Novartis employee that there were other painkillers stuck in the bottling machines. They use the same machines for prescription only painkillers such as percocet. They weren't properly cleaning the machines and some prescription drugs were getting mixed in with Excedrin products. (I wish I knew which stores they went to lol). The $120 Million upgrades the plant needs, as stated in a comment above, is so they can add a whole new bottling line to separate over the counter and prescription.
Kelly May 20, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Please bring it back soon. I have always had migraines until 8 yrs ago when my friend gave me two and now I still get them as often but I can live my life. I've tried everything and NOTHING WORKS !!!!!!! I'm afraid to go back to the life of random pain ! Please bring it back!!!! I as of yest been suffering and still going! I can't sleep or smile and it hurts. PLEASE BRING IT BACK !!!!!!!! I get married next sat and I pray this goes away by then. I don't care if I have to show Id a a pharmacy to get enough to LIVE ON A MONTHLY BASIS PLEASE HELP!!!
Simone D May 21, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Jeremiah - you obviously do not suffer from migraines. It is not your run of the mill headache. Chocolate would cause a migraine. I won't go on and on about your post, but there is alot more to migraines. Caffeine can help, but it can do the opposite too.
Lynn R May 23, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Wow, I feel out of the loop, just realized they were missing...went to about 5 stores! I really like Excedrine Migraine...don't need it all the time but when you really hurt it works! Pharmacy told me to try Advil migraine....we'll see.....
Suzanne Beer May 23, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I agree please bring Excedrin back soon Advil Tylenol and all the others do Not work for Migraines, if taken as soon as you feel one coming on it gets rid of it fast . Now I only have Imitrex to take whigh are expencive and not good on a daily bases.
Pauline May 24, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Please bring back your Excedrin Migraine. My life is crap without it. Don't have migraines too often but when I do, it is the only thing that works.
POLLY NICHOLSON May 28, 2012 at 02:47 PM
PLEASE HURRY AND PUT EXCREDRIN MIGRAINE BACK ON THE SHELVES ITS THE ONLY PILL THAT STOPS THE PAIN
Angelica June 02, 2012 at 06:23 AM
Seriously, what the heck is taking so long???!!! I just ran out and I cannot function without it!! I have tried many prescriptions from my Nuerologist and nothing works like Excedrin!!! I get severe headaches and This provides relief within an hr!! Call Excedrin headquarters and demand them to Speed it up!!
constance tarracino June 06, 2012 at 04:01 AM
i just went to wakgreens and looked in the pain relevers section and could not finf ..My excedrin am n pm's..as the pharmasist who told me its been about 2monthsnow off shelves!! i reacted w omg..they are the only meds that work for me (i have usedthem since hi sch w/ no no no problems and my husband for Years w/ no harm..I want them back asap..i have tried before the suggested ones in this article and they are loseres for the relief excedrin brings quickly..come on novoris get with it and bribg them back!
joe simonton June 06, 2012 at 04:10 AM
your spelling just gave me a headache
Jessica Cavazos June 10, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Omg. I'm just finding out about the recall. I'm so upset. I went to visit my mom in law & I 4 got my Excedrin migraine. I went all over town in search of my sanity. No luck!! I thought I was going buzerks! What in the world!! Excedrin is the only med that works on my excruciating headaches. I really suffer from migraines at least 3 Weeks out of each month. Its horrible. I hope they r back on the shelves before my stash runs out:-( now I know I can't spare to share till it's back on the shelves'
marilyn demarco June 12, 2012 at 01:11 PM
are excedrin i production yet
kayla marie June 15, 2012 at 09:53 PM
My boyfriend is suffering from 4 brain tumors and is on bout all the pain killers u can think of n the highest doses anyones ever taken n it dnt help his bad head achs but if he takes 2-4 excedrin extra strength he feels some relive! He is suffering from cancer an his headachs r worse then any pain anyones ever been threw unless u hhave 4 or more brain tumors then ud kno but this is all tht helps so i hope it comes back n soon!!! If anyone he needs it!!!
Janet Sandonato June 21, 2012 at 03:44 AM
here here for back and body. I can't walk. My mother is unable to walk. Where do we go from here. I know we won't. When will we get back our 'back and body'?. Please...jansan1
wayne showmaker June 30, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I agree with all these comments. only excedrin migrane has saved my life. aleeve,advil,motrin. please stop the nonsense of poor non working pills and get that excdrin back asap
dawn July 01, 2012 at 08:34 PM
when you live with migraines that make it impossible to function and a medication helps then maybe you will have a clue. It the amount of medication they use that makes it effective. And your not a doctor so don't give medical advice.
james pack July 10, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I get migraines. when it starts for me its so bad i cannot do anything but stay in bed with no lights and just lay there and puke till i fall asleep. the next day i will feel fine. this went on for 15 years and i dont get them all the time maybe 3 times a year. i tried excedrin migraine and had too take 4 of them but instead of pain so bad i puke and putting a pillow over my head so no light can get too my eyes it just felt like my head was going too blow up but i was fine with that. alot better. i could sleep off the migraine . only thing that ever worked for me is sleep.
Carole Canto July 12, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Post here, If you still have them someone would be glad to reimburse you....
Lora Kelly July 14, 2012 at 04:05 PM
I am so disappointed!! Excedrin migrane is the only medicine that works on my headaches! (that I get all the time) have suffered with migranes my whole life an this is the only product that works!! Hope their back on the shelfs soon. I've tried everything including prescription drugs and nothing works better!!!
Tanya November 11, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Well ain't I a smart one! I have been looking for months for this excedrin as the only thin that took my head aches and any other pain away was Excedrin and in desperation haven't found it any where. I NEED this back on the shelf soon. I would take a combination of Excedrin and Excedrun tention and I can't find anything out there that even touch my pain..... :-(
Lesley November 24, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Wallmart sells a generic for extra strength.It is exactly the same and alot cheaper! Good Luck...

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