FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Good news for headache suffers who rely on Excedrin. The popular migraine medicine is making it's way back to store shelves.
People were paying upwards of $250 for the drug online after it was recalled earlier this year. But now users in southwest Florida can expect the pain reliever back sooner rather than later.
For nearly the last year, the major Excedrin shortage forced people to buy online. The migraine medicine was recalled in January because of concerns that percocet was accidentally mixed into some pill bottles. But local pharmacies said their new supplies of Excedrin are on the way.
For the first time in nearly a year, the migraine medicine, Excedrin, is going back on the shelf.
"It was a very, very popular product when it got recalled," said Richard Lawrence, Fort Myers Prescription Shop.
The popularity behind the pill is that it has three products, acetaminophen and aspirin, which you can find in Tylenol, but it also has caffeine.
"About has much caffeine as a cup of coffee but the combination of those three products together, for some people, work really, really well," said Lawrence.
"When someone finds something that works and then they're not able to get it, it can be a real problem," Dr. Andrea Synow, AGH Neurology
According to their Facebook page, the first boxes of Excedrin Migraine shipped in October. The company that makes the drug, Novartis, said they expect Excedrin Extra Strength to ship to stores in January 2013. In southwest Florida, pharmacies are slowly but surely seeing their supply return.
"My wholesalers in their Lakeland distribution center only has a dozen or so bottles in stock. It just was put back on their shelves so we're just now able to start getting it back on our shelves. I expect it, the first couple bottles to move right away because the people who have been looking for it are going to be able to get it again finally," said Lawrence.
Make sure to check with your doctor before taking any medication. Doctors say some people who respond well to Excedrin don't respond to the three ingredients separately. If you'd like to follow Excedrin on their Facebook page to find out when supplies are on the move, you can follow them here https://www.facebook.com/excedrin