What is Excedrin?
Excedrin is a painkiller that has been especially developed to treat migraine headaches. It contains the active ingredients acetylsalicylic acid, caffeine and paracetamol, three well-known painkillers that effectively and quickly relieve the symptoms of migraine. This medicine is available without prescription.
What is it used for?
Excedrin is used to treat headaches and migraines. In addition to severe headache, migraines are often also accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light and sounds and visual symptoms (aura), such as seeing flashing lights, zigzag patterns or stars. Excedrin's unique composition suppresses these symptoms quickly.
How to use Excedrin
Excedrin is most effective when taken as soon as the migraine sets in. Swallow the tablet(s) whole with a glass of water at the first signs of headache or aura. One tablet is usually enough to stop severe headache. For migraine attacks, two tablets are recommended. Excedrin takes effect within 30 minutes.
Unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor, the usual dose for adults aged 18 and above is:
- One to two tablets, if necessary at four to six-hour intervals. The maximum dose is six tablets a day, divided in three doses. Do not use Excedrin for more than three consecutive days (for migraine) and four consecutive days (for headache) without consulting your doctor.
Always follow the prescribed dosage and read the package leaflet closely before you start using this medicine.
Excedrin can cause side effects, including:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomach ache, diarrhoea and nausea
- Increased pulse
See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.
When not to use Excedrin
This medicine is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to acetylsalicylic acid (or other NSAIDs), caffeine, paracetamol or any other ingredient in Excedrin
- You are under the age of 18
- You have or have had stomach or intestinal ulcers or severe bowel, heart, liver or kidney disease
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
Excedrin interacts with other medicines. The doctor will have a list of medicines that you should avoid mixing it with. It is therefore important to mention what other medicines you are taking during the online consultation. See package leaflet for a complete list of contraindications, interactions and warnings.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding/driving ability/alcohol and food
This painkiller should not be used, or only with your doctor's approval, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Excedrin may cause dizziness. Stay out of traffic if you experience this side effect. Drinking too much alcohol may increase the risk of liver damage and stomach bleeding. It is therefore advisable to reduce or stop alcohol consumption while taking this painkiller. Excedrin contains caffeine, a stimulant found in coffee, chocolate and other foods. To prevent side effects such as heart palpitations, insomnia and nervousness, you are advised to limit taking anything containing caffeine while on this medicine.