Excedrin, How Many Can I Take?
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Excedrin, How Many Can I Take?

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So I found myself with an incredible headache last week that was sucking the will to live right from very soul. Okay, slight exaggeration but it hurt. I took two Excedrin Migraine. Hours later the headache was still pounding the life out of my productivity so I wondered if it had been long enough to take two more Excedrin. I thought I remembered Excedrin having a maximum dosage of two pills/caplets every four hours (with six or eight pills total for 24 hours) but I wasn’t sure. Since I have a history of liver issues, I checked the label to be sure.

First, I was a little annoyed that the dosage information seemed “hidden” behind a peel-back label on the smaller Excedrin bottle. To my extreme disappointment, I couldn’t take any more Excedrin until the next morning since I had already reached the maximum daily dosage. The label said I could only take two caplets every 24 hours! WAIT, it gets better…

I was sure it wasn’t like that in the past so I asked several people throughout my day how many Excedrin Migraine caplets they thought an adult could take and how often. The answers ranged from two every four hours to two every eight hours. Most of the people thought it was two every six hours. NO ONE remembered it being two pills a day.

When I got home I looked at a larger bottle but this one was Excedrin Extra Strength. The larger bottle of Excedrin Extra Strength shows a maximum of two caplets every six hours and no more than eight caplets every 24 hours for adults and children 12 years old and older. WTH?

The active ingredients for both of these products are the same per pill:

  • Acetaminophen 250 mg.
  • Aspirin 250 mg.  (NSAID – (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug))
  • Caffeine 65 mg.
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The EXACT same active per-pill ingredients and drug amounts (mg) are identical for both bottles; the Excedrin Extra Strength and the Excedrin Migraine.

WHT Excedrin?

So, tell me Excedrin, which amount is correct? How many Excedrin can we SAFELY take in 24 hours and how often? Can we take more if we buy bigger bottles?

That’s all I have. Stay safe and aware, Brian D. Hawkins

Brian D. Hawkins

Blogging superhero by day and internet super villain by night. Blogger, future online millionaire and all around great guy. Married and from Michigan.

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Karen Woodham

    I’ve been suffering from a migraine for the last week and a half, which has been brought on by stress, I’ve now got to the point where nothing is working, except to be in a darkened room without the hustle and bustle of the outside world to annoy me. There must be something somewhere that can help 🙁

    1. Brian D. Hawkins

      It’s really rough Karen. I don’t have it as bad as many people. I have a brother-in-law that has to breath oxygen to get rid of his. I’ve looked at several home remedies but have yet to find one that works for me. It would be great to find the cause of the headaches rather than treating them but many doctors don’t want to bother with it here in the US. I think it has something to do with the health insurance companies not wanting to cover tests.

      1. Karen Woodham

        Hope you can get something sorted out with your headaches Brian, I do really feel for you, I know mine are brought on by stress, which is a big probably for me as I am one of those people that gets easily stressed!

        1. Spartacus

          That sounds almost dangerously long. Have you spoken to a doctor about it? I think in extreme cases, it can even go as far as being some kind of neurological condition, but of course don’t quote me on that.

          1. Karen Woodham

            I found out that it’s all down to not being able to eat “Barley”! So now I have to watch everything I eat, just in case it is in the ingredients.

  2. Revcon

    I would NOT take more than 2 Excedrin in 24 hours. But here’s the deal. If you have a headache you have done things to make your body toxic. Taking a pill to mask that does NOT make the body better – it hides the symptoms. If you have a headache, you need to STOP what you are doing and lie done. You need to THINK about what you have been doing – getting enough sleep? Eating bad food makes you sick and if you are tired as well, your body can not process the bad food without making you sick. Uou ask – what is bad food? – most food people eat is bad for you: processed refined artificial food, fast-food, spicy, greasy food. If you eat fruit and salads and vegetables, you won’t get sick. But if you reach for crap in the stores or restaurants OTHER THAN that, you will get sick, you will get headaches and you will get older faster and look ugly. So for your headache, lay down and try to sleep. . Put one of those little 200 watt Wal Mart $20 heaters on your face and relax your head etc (but of course don’t burn yourself). Now, drink and drink distilled water so your body can flush itself. If you appreciated this information, help me make a simple $10 a month website to disseminate the truth about diet and health. It’s really simple. Oh yes, don’t eat meat or chicken only fish. Don’t eat bread, only rice bread from T Joes. OK? Wanna get well? WRite me: American Freedom Activists as follows: afactivists at AOL dot com Michael Smith

    1. Spartacus

      Lie down and sleep? Are you in the real world? Most of us have jobs. I can’t just say “I have a headache boss, I’m gonna go relax for a bit.”

      Sounds like you have a lot of nonsense in this post. Most people get tension headaches, which can certainly be related to sleep. The lack of sleep, or poor positioning. Stress is another big factor. You’ll tense up, and it can cause pain and cramping in your neck. Migraines are a whole other thing.

      Eating fruit and salad won’t prevent you from getting sick, nor will it prevent you from getting headaches. It’s not some magical food that makes you immune to problems. It won’t relieve stress, and it won’t fix poor sleeping habits/positioning.

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