NEW YORK - If you use Excedrin, WINK News has good news. WINK confirmed Wednesday that production has restarted. As we've been reporting, the headache drug has been in such short supply that you can't find it on store shelves and that's created a huge online demand on auction sites but now some good news.
Novartis, the makers of Excedrin, tell WINK News it will be at least October before Excedrin makes it back to store shelves. Production was shut down in January. The company pulled the pills off the shelf because of concerns that percocet was accidentally mixed in to some pill bottles.
As WINK News has been telling you, a lot of drug stores around southwest Florida are all out. That means people have been paying black market prices to buy the medicine online. WINK News found actions where a bottle of pills was going for as much as $200 and $100 isn't unusual.
"When someone finds something that works and then they're not able to get it, it can be a real problem," said Dr. Andrea Synowec, AGH Neurology.
While you're waiting for the new pills to hit shelves, we've found something that might help. Dr. Maria Simbra, who works for CBS News in Pittsburg, says some people are having luck taking the components of Excedrin separately, aspirin, caffeine and tylenol.
Of course, you should check with your doctor first, but Dr. Simbra says the daily dose would be 500 milligrams of aspirin, 500 milligrams of tylenol and 130 milligrams of caffeine.
Again, check with your doctor before you take any medication. Dr. Simbra also says some patients who responded well to Excedrin don't respond to the ingredients separately. Bottom line, they're making Excedrin again with shipments hitting stores in the last quarter of the year.