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Holes in Excedrin bottles leads to recall of more than 400,00 bottles

If Excedrin is your go-to painkiller of choice, the latest recall is one you’re really going to want to pay attention to. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has issued a recall of 430,000 bottles of their popular painkiller Excedrin because the bottles had a hole in the bottom. These recalled caplets and geltabs were sold online and in stores between March 2018 and September 2020. Before we go over all of the painkillers GSK has recalled, it’s important to note what has not been recalled. 24 count bottles of Excedrin Extra Strength Caplets and Excedrin Migraine Caplets and Geltabs are not part of the recall. 


Recalled Products:

Excedrin Migraine Caplets

Excedrin Migraine Geltabs

Excedrin Extra Strength Caplets

Excedrin PM Headache Caplets

Excedrin Tension Headache Caplets

(50, 80, 100, 125, 200, 250 and 300-count bottles)


The presence of a hole in the bottom of the bottles is a violation of the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. As USA Today details, the act “mandates childproof packaging for over-the-counter and prescription drugs, among other possibly hazardous household products.” The bottles were provided to GSK by a 3rd party manufacturer. If your recalled bottles of Excedrin do not have holes in the bottom, they should be considered safe for use. If your bottles do have a hole in the bottom, you can contact GlaxoSmithKline for a full refund. At this time, no illness or injuries have been reported.

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