Wednesday, December 12, 2012

It's Back

When I was a kid there was a television ad for a certain brand of aspirin. It showed a cartoon head with a hammer beating on the brain area. I felt for that cartoon head. As a kid I used to get such bad migraine headaches that I would vomit. I was about twenty two years old when I discovered Excedrin. It was like a miracle drug to me. Better than marijuana, better than vodka, better than just about any other drug I had tried up until that time, and I had tried a lot. So early this year when they announced on the evening news that Excedrin was being recalled, I was horrified. The only time in forty years that I had gone more than twenty four hours without my Excedrin was when I ran out while traveling in Italy. Luckily, at the height of my pain and nausea, a nice German man gave me a mysterious little yellow pill that worked wonders.

Back when the recall was first announced, I stopped by the CVS store to stock up, figuring they would be off the shelves for a few weeks. By the time I got there the shelves were empty. Not one pill, not a caplet, nothing with the name Excedrin was in that store, nor any other store. Worst of all they weren't just off the market for a few weeks. They were gone for almost a whole year. I tried the generic versions, but they didn't do the job. I was assured that the formula was identical, but I don't believe that. Maybe Excedrin mixes in a touch of crack, or heroin, but whatever it is, it works. I have been miserable all year. There have even been incidents of black market Excedrin on Ebay and Craig's list, where people have paid as much as five dollars a pill. I refused to engage in that kind of rip off. For five dollars a hit, it had better be from Columbia.

The good news this month is that Excedrin is back. Only in the Migraine version, but that's fine. And this time I am not taking any chances. Not that living with Mark is stressful, or migraine inducing, but I am stocking up.


  1. Fellow Migraine suffererDecember 12, 2012 at 6:44 AM

    I know how you feel. I was horrified when I found out there was no Excedrin migraine out there. Nothing else works for me either and it's been a long, long year without it. Thanks for letting us know it's back! I'm running out to find some as soon as I can!

  2. I used to take that too, but am on an "official" migraine med now for the past 5 or 6 years, it's called Frova. Works good for me. I can't take Excedrine any more because of bleeding issues. Used to bruise like a ripe banana on that! Those headaches are nothing anyone should have to go through.