If you have this popular painkiller, throw it away – BGR

  • Five different brands of the popular painkiller Excedrin were collected due to a very serious problem with the product packaging.
  • The medicine bottles have holes in the bottom, which makes it easier for children to access the pills, despite the “child-safe” bottle caps.
  • More than 400,000 vials of various types of Excedrin are included in the recall.

There is nothing worse than having a severe headache or other body aches and not having a bottle of painkillers to turn to. Yes, doctors are increasingly afraid to recommend certain over-the-counter pain relievers due to research that shows long-term problems, but when your head hurts so badly that you can barely open your eyes, you will do everything to get that feeling away.

Excedrin has become known as “the headache medicine”, but has since expanded its scope and is now sold for a variety of aches and pains. Unfortunately, a very serious problem with the product packaging resulted in a major recall of five different types of Excedrin, totaling more than 430,000 bottles.

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According to the official recall bulletin published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, GSK Consumer Health recalled bottles of Excedrine Migraine tablets and pills, Excedrin Extra Strength tablets, Excedrin PM Headache tablets and Excedrin Tension Headache tablets due to holes in the bottom of the bottles.

It sounds like a joke, but it’s not. The company does not explain in the recall notice, but it is clear that something went wrong in the manufacturing process, causing the bottom of the bottles to not be completely sealed. The result is painkiller bottles with cracks in the bottom.

The main problem here is that if you have a painkiller bottle with a hole in the bottom, it completely overrides the child safety cap on the top. If children can easily access the pills through a hole in the bottle, there can be an enormous risk of overdose. Therefore, the company is recalling nearly half a million bottles to make sure that none of them cause problems.

Some of the vials containing the over-the-counter medicine may have a hole in the bottom. If there is a hole, children can access and swallow the content, presenting a risk of poisoning. These products contain the substances aspirin and paracetamol, which must be in child-resistant packaging, as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA).

As for what you should do if you have a bottle of the medicine collected, here’s what the company has to say:

Mike Wehner has reported on technology and video games over the past decade, covering the latest news and trends in VR, wearables, smartphones and technology of the future. Most recently, Mike served as technology editor at The Daily Dot and was featured on USA Today, Time.com and numerous other websites and print media. His love of reporting is second only to his addiction to games.