People Spending Big Bucks for Migraine Medication

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

It was last December, when a Lincoln plant developed problems during the manufacture of several popular over-the-counter medications.

It led to the recall of several drugs which has made it difficult to find those drugs, especially Excedrin.

Kathy Oerman has been suffering from daily migraines for close to two years.

“They were really severe, they really wiped me out. I would sit in a dark quiet room and just bawl all day because it hurt so bad,” says Oerman.
She tried everything to ease the pain including Excedrin migraine.

“I went to several different stores and just assumed they were out or else they didn't carry it, then I was told they pulled it off, they recalled it.”

Novartis pulled certain Excedrin and Nodoz products off the shelves in January after customers complained that other medications that were mixed in, possibly causing an allergic reaction.

Now without it, people are spending hundreds online, sometimes more than a dollar a pill for the medication.

Ron Gerard, a pharmacist at Alegent Health Clinic says people are coming in and asking for Excedrin all the time.

“These are people with headaches and they love to use something they know works,” says Gerard.

He says the only other medications to try are the generic brands, which doesn't always sit too well with customers.

“They're hesitant, they want some type of confirmation from a pharmacist that it'll work and I tell them to give it a try.”

Oerman says generic pills did not work for her, but she did find relief after visiting a chiropractor.

But she still worries about others who have to deal with debilitating migraines.

“If you have a certain over the counter drug you use and you've relied on over the years, I don't know what these companies expect you to do when they no longer offer it.”

It may be until mid-October before Excedrin is back on store shelves. It's recommended trying a generic or finding a way to treat them without medication.

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