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Substitute For Excedrine Migraine?
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Excedrine Migraine has been my go-to medicine for really bad headaches. It's the only thing that will really knock them out, and I know it's gluten free. However, thanks to this fabulous recall of Excedrine products, I can't find it anywhere. I was in pretty desperate need of it this morning so I went to the drug store. I checked glutenfreedrugs.com, but I didn't see any other migraine relievers on the list. Does anyone know for sure if there is another brand of migraine relief that's gluten-free? Thanks!

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Some of the store brand mixes of Actemenophin, aspirin and caffiene are gluten free. I have a bottle of the Target brand and it says gluten-free on it.

When I was skiing and needed some - I took an aspirin, a Tylenol and drank caffiene.

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BC Asperin Powder doesn't specify that it is for migraine but because you put it in water and drink it, it works FAST, and when I took it for my agonizing jaw pain it knocked it out better than Extra Strength Advil or any other pain reliever I have ever used. If you can't find it in your area you can probably get it online. (I know that won't help you today, but maybe for the future?)

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If you can't even find a gluten free generic alternative I'd also recommend the idea of chasing Tylenol and aspirin with a coffee or some sort of caffeine. It's pretty much the same thing and you can probably be sure to at least get the acetaminophen and aspirin in the same dosages you are used to.

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Wow, thanks for the quick responses!

@kareng-brilliant. I may have to stop by Target, then. I was looking on the boxes to see if any of them said it, but I had my shades on (they were NOT coming off) and was a bit cross-eyed, so I couldn't read well.

@bartfull-I almost picked some up. I didn't see it on the gluten-free list, though, and I've previously been able to link severe headaches with gluten, so I didn't want to take a chance. It seemed to make sense when I was standing there that powdered medicine would be more likely to have gluten in it.

@Adalaide-good plan. I don't typically keep acetaminophen in the house because it doesn't usually work for me, but I may just start keeping it around.

Thanks, everyone!

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You might want to check out this article about Excedrine. They're pretty sneaky.

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You might want to check out this article about Excedrine. They're pretty sneaky.

I had noticed that it was the same thing with different names. I just get the generic Target brand (with the arrow on it).

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