What is Excedrin?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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Generic name: Acetaminophen-aspirin-caffeine

Excedrin® is the brand name for an over-the-counter headache pain reliever, typically in the form of tablets or caplets. It contains acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Migraine headaches 43 15
Headaches 27 8
Pain 11 0
Migraine 5 2
Joint pain 2 0
Tension headaches 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 6
None 16

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Excedrin

Side effect Patients
Headaches 2
Stomach pain 2
Bladder problems 1
Jittery feeling 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Excedrin

Dosage Patients
2 250mg-250mg-65mg as needed 5
2 250-250-65mg as needed 3
250-250-65mg as needed 2
250mg-250mg-65mg as needed 2
2 x 250-250-65 mg daily 1
2 x 250 mg-250 mg-65 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Excedrin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 3
Other 3
Did not seem to work 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 8 patients who've stopped taking Excedrin

Duration

Currently taking Excedrin

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 2
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking Excedrin

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 15
Usually 7
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 20
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 16
Not specified 7

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Excedrin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Acetaminophen-isometheptene-dichloralphenazone (Midrin) 1
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Excedrin

Feb 4, 2011 (Started Mar 01, 1994)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Mild (headaches, upset stomach, jittery feeling, stomach pain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: When I have a migraine, it takes a couple of doses for the Excedrin to really work. The bonus is that it takes away a lot of the tension in my neck and shoulders, if only for a few hours.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: headaches, upset stomach, jittery feeling, stomach pain

Oct 18, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 1994)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Mild (headaches, upset stomach, jittery feeling, stomach pain)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I take Excedrin at the first sign of a headache, basically to take the edge off of any migraine that may be forming. It never takes the whole thing away, but it helps to reduce the pain enough that I don't tense up and make it worse. The only type of Excedrin that works for me is the regular (original) tablets, extra strength. All of the other varieties, such as the capsules, have much less of a positive impact on my headaches.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: headaches, upset stomach, jittery feeling, stomach pain

Nov 28, 2009 (Started Mar 01, 1994)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Mild (headaches, upset stomach, jittery feeling, stomach pain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Make sure that you take with something else in your stomach, like food or orange juice; especially if you have stomach ulcers. Do not ever take more than three, and give yourself at least 8 hours before bed without Excedrin. If the headache worsens, don't take the next dose.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: headaches, upset stomach, jittery feeling, stomach pain

Apr 18, 2009 (Started Mar 01, 1994)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Mild (upset stomach, jittery feeling, stomach pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Don't forget to eat, and limit the consumption of coffee and soda while taking it.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: headaches, upset stomach, jittery feeling, stomach pain

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 20, 2010 (Started Jun 26, 1979)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    Severe (bladder problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg-250 mg-65 mg All the time (24/7)
Advice & Tips: Lost 4-5 units of blood and spent 5 days in the hospital.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: bladder problems

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 6, 2008 (Started Nov 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for migraine headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
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