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Excedrin Side Effects

What to know about the symptoms you might be experiencing—and how to handle them.

When you have headache pain, there’s a good chance you want relief from the pain—fast. Over-the-counter medications like Excedrin® can help ease your distress. While deciding which Excedrin® treatment is right for you, it’s useful to understand the uses, warnings, and side effects of each medication as well as how to handle them should they occur.

EXCEDRIN® EXTRA STRENGTH

Excedrin® Extra Strength can help you temporarily relieve minor aches and pains due to headache, a cold, arthritis, muscular aches, toothache, premenstrual and menstrual cramps.

The warnings and side effects of Excedrin® Extra Strength are:

Reye’s syndrome: Children and teenagers who have or are recovering from chicken pox or flu-like symptoms should not use this product. When using this product, if changes in behavior with nausea and vomiting occur, consult a doctor because these symptoms could be an early sign of Reye’s syndrome, a rare but serious illness.

Allergy alert: Acetaminophen may cause severe skin reactions. Symptoms may include:

• skin reddening
• blisters
• rash

If a skin reaction occurs, stop use and seek medical help right away.

Allergy alert: Aspirin may cause a severe allergic reaction which may include:

• hives
• facial swelling
• asthma (wheezing)
• shock

Liver warning: This product contains acetaminophen. Severe liver damage may occur if you take

• more than 8 caplets in 24 hours, which is the maximum daily amount
• with other drugs containing acetaminophen
• 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product

Stomach bleeding warning: This product contains an NSAID, which may cause severe stomach bleeding. The chance is higher if you

• are age 60 or older
• have had stomach ulcers or bleeding problems
• take a blood thinning (anticoagulant) or steroid drug
• take other drugs containing prescription or nonprescription NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or others)
• have 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product
• take more or for a longer time than directed

Caffeine warning: The recommended dose of this product contains about as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. Limit the use of caffeine-containing medications, foods, or beverages while taking this product because too much caffeine may cause nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness, and, occasionally, rapid heart beat.

Do not use:

• if you have ever had an allergic reaction to acetaminophen, aspirin or any other pain reliever/fever reducer
• with any other drug containing acetaminophen (prescription or nonprescription). If you are not sure whether a drug contains acetaminophen, ask a doctor or pharmacist.

Ask a doctor before use if:

• you have liver disease
• stomach bleeding warning applies to you
• you have a history of stomach problems, such as heartburn
• you have high blood pressure, heart disease, liver cirrhosis, or kidney disease
• you are taking a diuretic
• you have asthma

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking:

• a prescription drug for diabetes, gout, or arthritis
• any other drug, or are under a doctor’s care for any serious condition

Stop use and ask a doctor if:

• an allergic reaction occurs. Seek medical help right away.
• you experience any of the following signs of stomach
bleeding:

• feel faint
• vomit blood
• have bloody or black stools
• have stomach pain that does not get better

• ringing in the ears or loss of hearing occurs
• painful area is red or swollen
• pain gets worse or lasts for more than 10 days
• fever gets worse or lasts for more than 3 days
• any new symptoms occur

These could be signs of a serious condition.

EXCEDRIN® MIGRAINE

Excedrin® Migraine treats migraines and is intended for those who have been diagnosed by a doctor. If your migraine is not relieved or worsens after first dose, talk to your doctor.

The warnings and side effects of Excedrin® Migraine are:

Reye’s syndrome: Children and teenagers who have or are recovering from chicken pox or flu-like symptoms should not use this product. When using this product, if changes in behavior with nausea and vomiting occur, consult a doctor because these symptoms could be an early sign of Reye’s syndrome, a rare but serious illness.

Allergy alert: Acetaminophen may cause severe skin reactions. Symptoms may include:

•skin reddening
•blisters
•rash

If a skin reaction occurs, stop use and seek medical help right away.

Allergy alert: Aspirin may cause a severe allergic reaction which may include:

• hives
• facial swelling
• asthma (wheezing)
• shock

Stomach bleeding warning: This product contains an NSAID, which may cause severe stomach bleeding. The chance is higher if you

• are age 60 or older
• have had stomach ulcers or bleeding problems
• take a blood thinning (anticoagulant) or steroid drug
• take other drugs containing prescription or nonprescription NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or others)
• have 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product
• take more or for a longer time than directed

Medication overuse headache warning: Headaches may worsen if this product is used for 10 or more days per month.

Caffeine warning: The recommended dose of this product contains about as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. Limit the use of caffeine-containing medications, foods, or beverages while taking this product because too much caffeine may cause nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness, and, occasionally, rapid heart beat.

Do not use

• if you have ever had an allergic reaction to acetaminophen, aspirin or any other pain reliever/fever reducer
• with any other drug containing acetaminophen (prescription or nonprescription). If you are not sure whether a drug contains acetaminophen, ask a doctor or pharmacist.

Ask a doctor before use if

•you have never had migraines diagnosed by a health professional
•you have a headache that is different from your usual migraines
•you have the worst headache of your life
•you have fever and stiff neck
•you have headaches beginning after or caused by head injury, exertion, coughing or bending
•you experienced your first headache after the age of 50
•you have daily headaches
•you have a migraine so severe as to require bed rest
•you have liver disease
•stomach bleeding warning applies to you
•you have a history of stomach problems, such as heartburn
•you have high blood pressure, heart disease, liver cirrhosis, or kidney disease
•you are taking a diuretic
•you have asthma
•you have problems or serious side effects from taking pain relievers or fever reducers
•you have vomiting with your migraine headache 

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are

• taking a prescription drug for:
• diabete
• gout
• arthritis
• under a doctor’s care for any serious condition
• taking any other drug
• taking any other product that contains aspirin, acetaminophen, or any other pain reliever/fever reducer

Stop use and ask a doctor if

• an allergic reaction occurs. Seek medical help right away.
• you experience any of the following signs of stomach
bleeding:

• feel faint
• vomit blood
• have bloody or black stools
• have stomach pain that does not get better

• your migraine is not relieved or worsens after first dose
• new or unexpected symptoms occur
• ringing in the ears or loss of hearing occurs

EXCEDRIN® TENSION HEADACHE

Excedrin® Tension Headache temporarily relieves minor aches and pains due to headache and muscle aches.

The warnings and side effects of Excedrin® Tension Headache are:

Allergy alert: Acetaminophen may cause severe skin reactions. Symptoms may include:

• skin reddening
• blisters
• rash

If a skin reaction occurs, stop use and seek medical help right away.

Liver warning: This product contains acetaminophen. Severe liver damage may occur if you take

• more than 6 caplets in 24 hours, which is the maximum daily amount
• with other drugs containing acetaminophen
• 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product

Caffeine warning: The recommended dose of this product contains about as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. Limit the use of caffeine-containing medications, foods, or beverages while taking this product because too much caffeine may cause nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness, and, occasionally, rapid heart beat.

Do not use

• if you are allergic to acetaminophen
• with any other drug containing acetaminophen (prescription or nonprescription). If you are not sure whether a drug contains acetaminophen, ask a doctor or pharmacist.

Ask a doctor before use if

• you have liver disease

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are

• taking the blood thinning drug warfarin

Stop use and ask a doctor if

•any new symptoms occur
•painful area is red or swollen
•pain gets worse or lasts for more than 10 days
•fever gets worse or lasts for more than 3 days
These could be signs of a serious condition.

EXCEDRIN® PM HEADACHE

Excedrin® PM Headache is intended for temporary relief of occasional headaches and minor aches and pains with accompanying sleeplessness.

The warnings and side effects of Excedrin® PM Headache are:

Reye’s syndrome: Children and teenagers who have or are recovering from chicken pox or flu-like symptoms should not use this product. When using this product, if changes in behavior with nausea and vomiting occur, consult a doctor because these symptoms could be an early sign of Reye’s syndrome, a rare but serious illness.

Allergy alert: Acetaminophen may cause severe skin reactions. Symptoms may include:

• skin reddening
• blisters
• rash
If a skin reaction occurs, stop use and seek medical help right away.

Allergy alert: Aspirin may cause a severe allergic reaction which may include:

• hives
• facial swelling
• asthma (wheezing)
• shock

Liver warning: This product contains acetaminophen. Severe liver damage may occur if you take

• more than 2 caplets in 24 hours, which is the maximum daily amount
• with other drugs containing acetaminophen
• 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product

Stomach bleeding warning: This product contains an NSAID, which may cause severe stomach bleeding. The chance is higher if you

• are age 60 or older
• have had stomach ulcers or bleeding problems
• take a blood thinning (anticoagulant) or steroid drug
• take other drugs containing prescription or nonprescription NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or others)
• have 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product
• take more or for a longer time than directed

Do not use

• if you have ever had an allergic reaction to acetaminophen, aspirin or any other pain reliever/fever reducer
• with any other drug containing acetaminophen (prescription or nonprescription). If you are not sure whether a drug contains acetaminophen, ask a doctor or pharmacist.
• with any other product containing diphenhydramine, even one used on skin
• in children under 12 years of age

Ask a doctor before use if

• you have liver disease
• stomach bleeding warning applies to you
• you have a history of stomach problems, such as heartburn
• you have high blood pressure, heart disease, liver cirrhosis, or kidney disease
• you are taking a diuretic
• you have asthma
• you have glaucoma
• you have a breathing problem such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis
• you have trouble urinating due to an enlarged prostate gland

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking

• a prescription drug for:
• diabetes
• gout
• arthritis
• any other drug, or are under a doctor’s care for any serious condition
• any product that contains aspirin, acetaminophen, or any other pain reliever/fever reducer
• sedatives or tranquilizers

When using this product

• drowsiness will occur
• avoid alcoholic drinks
• do not drive a motor vehicle or operate machinery

Stop use and ask a doctor if

• an allergic reaction occurs. Seek medical help right away.
• you experience any of the following signs of stomach
bleeding:

• feel faint
• vomit blood
• have bloody or black stools
• have stomach pain that does not get better

• sleeplessness persists continuously for more than 2 weeks. Insomnia may be a symptom of a serious underlying medical illness
• pain gets worse or lasts for more than 10 days
• painful area is red or swollen
• ringing in the ears or a loss of hearing occurs
• any new symptoms occur

These could be signs of a serious condition.

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