... inactive ingredients are not the same. The new version just does not work as well as the old one for me
Inactive ingredients are exactly that - inactive. A change in active ingredients is the only thing that could have a potential effect on the effectiveness of the drug.
Excedrin, however, is a bit of a scam. They market the exact same active ingredients in the exact same proportions under several different names.
Eg. Excedrin menstrual complete is the exact same as Excedrin extra strength.
I agree..the caplets are not good.. The tablets were great and I wish they would manufacture them again, but I now understand they will not put them back on shelves :(. The tablets I've been taking that are a very close second is the Target generic brand tablets.. I hope this is helpful to some..
I have used Excedrins for more than 50 years. Before Excedrins were taken off the market I used the Extra Strength tablets only. In a hurry one day I accidently grabbed the Extra Strength caplets only to find that no... they did not work as well as the tablets. As soon as they were used up, which took for ever it seemed, I bought the correct Excedrins (tablets). Hopefully they will put the tablets back out. I have never liked the caplets. About 25 years ago I came across a list of NSaids that were known to cause liver damage. Excedrin was not on that list and the results of my recent complete physical showed no problems with my liver. Growing up I suffered with many migrains and have taken a ton of the Excedrin tablets. Please put the tablets back out!
It has nothing to do with caplets or tablets - there is no question that something changed while Excedrin Extra Strength was off the market - my guess is that there is one manufacturer who manufactures this same product under multiple names and Excedrin is now just like all the rest - ineffective. To confirm this I had been saving some of the old round tablets with the "E" printed on them and just now tried them. A world of difference. Please Excedrin, bring back the old formula that you are famous for!!!
I have tried the new extra strength tablets and they did nothing for my headache compared to the old formula. After being an Excedrin user for many years, I am very disappointed that I will now have to find an alternative headache medicine. While it was off the shelves, I did find that the extra strength pain reliever by Kirkland (Costco's brand) worked almost as well as the old Excedrin. I'm sad to see that my favorite pain reliever, like so many other things these days, is being made to be less effective. Maybe if enough of us complain, they'll bring the old formula back. However, now that we find it isn't as good as it used to be, it does make me wonder what the real reason was for pulling it off the shelves and why it took so long to get it back on the market?
I have been using Excedrin everyday for the last 20 years, and there is no doubt that it is not as effective compared to before the recall. The previous formula included light mineral oil as an inactive ingredient. That ingredient helped the body absorb the active ingredients. I find myself having to take a tums to get this new formula to digest properly, and even with that, it's not as effective. I can't believe that Novartis was able to change the formula and still advertise it as the same product... doesn't seem right. I wrote Novartis and all I got in response was a sample bottle of Excedrin. That doesn't do me any good - bring back the old formula!
You are absolutely correct! The old version of the tablet worked very well, but this new caplet has no effect on my headaches. Just another example of "if the machine isn't broken, don't fix it". I have been checking the shelves for the tablets, but it seems that they are out of production and will not be returning.
I totally agree. I knew when they took it off the shelf what they were doing. And sure enough, this 'new' Excedrin is nothing like the original. Probably a placebo of some kind. I can't understand it. You have a product that people buy and use, and now they aren't going to buy it and use it. You've done your own self-destruction. I won't be buying it anymore. And I'm telling everyone that I had recommended them to, to stop buying them.
I too am positive that the Excedrin formula has changed, rendering it utterly ineffective in treating headaches, let alone migraines. I have been plagued with headaches--including migraines--since childhood and could always rely on Excedrin Extra Strength. It always made me feel better, except when I relied on it too much, which would lead to rebound headaches. Now, the only thing that works is Imitrex (Sumatriptan,) which must be taken sparingly or it leads to really awful rebound headaches. So, unfortunately, I have nothing to take for the non- migraine headaches. None of the other meds prescribed by my neurologist: Tramodol, Naproxen, etc. seem to help. Although, I can recommend the Headache Free mutivitamin, which my neurologist recommended. But, you need to take it for 3 months before you see any impact and it doesn't get rid of all your headaches.
I have also noticed that the new extra strength Excedrin does not work as well. When I used to take Excedrin it would work in 20 minutes and my pain, no matter where it was would be gone, but now even after an hour I still have pain. I know they changed a whole lot of stuff in the new version. I would hate to go to narcotics.
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