Excedrin Recall: Migraine Meds Go For $150 On Ebay

    July 10, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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For those of us who suffer with migraines, the world can be a very trying place. People like me, who work in front of a huge, bright computer screen at least eight hours a day, can sometimes only find relief in lying down in a dark room or taking a favorite brand of headache medicine. Anything less makes for a miserable, sometimes torturous, day. That’s why the Excedrin recall has so many people upset.

Novartis, the maker of Excedrin and several other well-known over-the-counter drugs, announced the recall over six months ago after issues at its production facility in Nebraska lent themselves to contamination. All these weeks later, the medicine still isn’t back on the shelves, and users want to know why.

“I haven’t found another medication that works, and I just kind of try to treat the symptoms,” said Erin Terjesen. “I’m not sure what to do now when my headaches come back.”

Terjesen isn’t alone. Millions of Americans suffer from varying degrees of migraine pain, and not everyone can afford to seek a doctor’s help for a prescription. Excedrin has been a lifesaver for many, as it contains equal amounts of aspirin and acetaminophen as well as a strong dose of caffeine in one pill. That means not having to take several different drugs at once or mixing doses. With demand for the drug strongly outweighing the supply, those who are desperate for relief are turning to online auction sites such as Ebay for the pills, which have gone for a staggering $150 a box. A quick search of the site turned up examples such as this, with a box of 100 tablets going for a whopping $130.


While Novartis says they are working on getting the affected products back on the market, it will be a while because they want to take their time to ensure everything is done safely. It could be the end of the year before migraine sufferers see an end to their pain that doesn’t involve parting with a lot of cash.

  • http://www.theokaynetwork.com Steve G

    Ebay needs to remove all pills off of its site. It’s only a matter of time until fake pills start being sold and people start dying.

    • Judy Davenport

      I agree. No medications should be sold on Ebay at all. These are people selling these to make a profit only. Sooner or later, someones going to get deathly ill or die.
      If you have migraines that bad, go see a doctor. My husband gets them and he had medication he can take to knock it out way quicker than any OTC pills can, as soon as he thinks he’s getting one.

  • Jill C

    I switched to Excedrin a year ago after years of using BC and Goody powders. This is pretty much the same thing and reaches the blood stream faster, however it can be very addictive but it is AWESOME. So suffer no more….use these powders until they bring back Excedrin.

  • Haylee

    Plus, Excedrin Migraine is the exact same thing as extra strength Excedrin. I have suffered with migraines for almost 20 years with migraines and so years ago when Excedrin Migraine came out, I looked into it but I was told by a nurse friend of my mom’s to look at the ingredients side by side with the extra strength Excedrin. They were identical. Apparently, the company was able to release a new label for the bottle calling it Excedrin Migraine just simply because they did a study where it helped migraines. If the medicine is recalled for a reason, then buying it off Ebay isn’t smart for quite a few reasons other than the fact that you can’t trust who you are buying it from. If it is the recalled version you are buying then you might pick up something else while getting rid of a migraine. I have learned if I take 2 Ibuprofen with a fountain Coke, it helps most times unless it is a very bad migraine then I might need something more.

    • laura

      migrane sufferers may want to look into a trusted chiropracter.
      neck/cervical C-1 and C-2 slightly out can cause migranes, especially for women who stress alot which tends to tighten our neck muscles and pull it out as well as other reasons. My sister was given drugs by her doctor for migranes which made the blood flow through her veins more and were very dangerous. I rubbed her neck and found muscle tightness and I could tell her neck was out. The massage took away her migrane and she doesnt need to take the dangerous drugs anymore

  • Brent

    I disagree. I love iodine (‘tigers blood’ & ‘monkeys blood’ -just means that one has alcohol in it and the other does not), as well as mercurochrome. Can’t buy it out here, and anyone in the know will tell you that it far surpasses anything put out nowadays in regards to healing power. I dont want govt taking away my choices simply because there are some folks – waaay less than 1% – that are truly idiots/imbeciles.

  • Samuel

    … my better-half’s an Excedrin junkie. No ifs, ands or buts, she’s got to have her Excedrin. So, I’ve been popping in on skid row type mom and pop convenience stores, in and around Los Angeles. With surprising success. Even last weekend, I scrounged up a whole bottle, to bump her back up, to a two month supply. Mind you, none of the corporation stores have it in stock. But, mom and pop liquor stores catering to the soul brotha clientele (e.g., the Ripple and Old English 800 crowd) still have it on the shelves, in ample supply. Amazing what you’ll find, on the other side of the tracks — QED, asj.

    • chariese

      “soul brotha clientele??” Seems that has nothing to do with excedrin…perhaps you can find a pill for ignorance the next time you are on the “other side of the tracks”..ijs

  • barbara

    I want my Excedrin Migraine! Like the old commercial said; I have an excedrin headache!

  • http://Yahoo Shannon

    I just went to family dollar today and bought there brand of Excedrin. It is the exact same thing. 100 pills for $3.00.

  • Z E

    I have tried aspirin as well as acetamenaphen and a cup of coffee or two at the same time and that seems to do the same thing :-)