If You Have This OTC Medicine, You Need to Check Your Bottle Immediately

This medicine is being recalled for potential safety risks due to a packaging error.

Storing medications in your home can be a tricky task, since you need to keep them away from children and pets. But one popular over-the-counter medicine may pose an even bigger safety risk, especially if you keep it in the wrong place. If you have Excedrin in your home, you need to check your bottle immediately. Keep reading to find out why this medicine was recalled, and for more essential safety warnings, If You Have This Popular Frozen Meal at Home, Throw It Away Right Now.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a recall announcement for five Excedrin brands on Dec. 23. The recall includes Excedrin Migraine Caplets, Excedrin Migraine Geltabs, Excedrin Extra Strength Caplets, Excedrin PM Headache Caplets, and Excedrin Tension Headache Caplets.

According to the announcement, GSK Consumer Healthcare recalled these five brands for "failure to meet child resistant packaging requirement." This is because some of the bottles can develop holes in the bottom, which could allow children to access and consume the contents, which creates a risk of poisoning.

"These products contain the substances aspirin and acetaminophen which must be in child resistant packaging as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA)," the CPSC stated.

Nearly 433,600 bottles were recalled, and they were available to purchase in various stores and pharmacies between March 2018 and Sept. 2020. The recall affects 50-, 80-, 100-, 125-, 200-, 250-, and 300-count bottles of each of the five Excedrin brands.

Although no injuries have been reported so far, GSK Consumer Healthcare asks that consumers immediately store any recalled Excedrin bottles out of sight and reach of children. After doing so, you should inspect the bottom of your bottle to see if there are any holes. If you find a hole in your bottle, you can contact the company for information on how to receive a prepaid return label to ship the item back for a full refund.

Excedrin isn't the only thing you need to inspect in your home, however. For more risks you may be facing, keep reading for other recent recall notices. And for more dangers you need to know about, If You Don't Have This in Your Home, You're at Higher Risk for COVID.

Other medications

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At the beginning of December, the CPSC issued a recall notice for Dollar Tree's Sure Scents 2-1 Peaceful Stream/Moonlight Waves candle. The candle can emit unusually high flames, igniting the surrounding wax and causing the candle's glass encasement to break. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.


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Approximately 48,000 allen + roth 62-inch wide 5,120-BTU infrared quartz fireplaces were recalled in early December, according to an announcement from the CPSC. These electric fireplaces, which were sold in Lowe's stores, had to be recalled after it was discovered that wiring connectors inside the fireplace can overheat and catch on fire. And for more fire guidance, check out these Christmas Fire Safety Tips from Firefighters and Other Safety Experts.

Electric blankets

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A popular electric blanket sold on Amazon was recalled in November. On Nov. 12, the CPSC announced that InvoSpa had recalled approximately 7,050 of its electric throw heated blankets after receiving 26 reports of the blanket overheating. One user even reported being burned by the blanket. And for more home hazards, If You Bought This Home Product From Amazon, Return It Now.

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