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Can you tell me about it's like to take excessive Excedrin during pregnancy?

Can you tell me about it's like to take excessive Excedrin during pregnancy?

Do not take: Do Not take any product with Aspirin in pregnancy unless your OB is giving it for specific problems (ie risk of preeclampsia or clotting disorder). It is NOT safe otherwise, increasing the risk of fetal or maternal bleeding. Also, excessive intake of Acetaminophen increases the risk of maternal liver disease. ...Read more

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I know it's not safe to take Excedrin while pregnant but everyone tells me diff reasons why. What is the exact reason (s) why it's bad for baby!?

I know it's not safe to take Excedrin while pregnant but everyone tells me diff reasons why. What is the exact reason (s) why it's bad for baby!?

Excedrin: Excedrin Migraine, which is the same as regular Excedrin, contains three ingredients. One is Tylenol (acetaminophen), which is safe to take during pregnancy. The second is aspirin, which is not recommended during pregnancy. The third is caffeine, and Excedrin has about the same caffeine as a cup of coffee can have at its weakest. Aspirin interferes with your blood's clotting action. As a result, taking aspirin during pregnancy — especially after 32 weeks — can contribute to maternal and fetal bleeding. Aspirin and ibuprofen can also cause the premature closure of a vessel in a baby's heart, which can lead to high blood pressure in the baby's lungs (pulmonary hypertension), and prolong labor. ...Read more

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What can I take when getting headaches/migraines while pregnant? Excedrin is the only OTC that's truly worked for me but I can't take it anymore.

What can I take when getting headaches/migraines while pregnant? Excedrin is the only OTC that's truly worked for me but I can't take it anymore.

Migraine - pregnancy: Headaches are a common complaint during pregnancy and most pregnant women can safely take Tylenol (acetaminophen). Most of the other medications used are problematic.. For more information bring up your concerns with your gynecologist or OB-GYN. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Excedrin while pregnant? I get horrible headaches upon awakening every day and just found out im preg. All of my scans were normal.

Is it safe to take Excedrin while pregnant? I get horrible headaches upon awakening every day and just found out im preg. All of my scans were normal.

Not Recommended: I would avoid excedrin as the medication contains Aspirin which should be avoided in pregnancy, especially with headaches occur so frequently. Best to discuss with your doctor.. ...Read more

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I stopped taking aspirin for headaches everyday due to pregnancy. Could my blood clot now? I can't take Excedrin anymore. I'm a healthy 26 year old.

I stopped taking aspirin for headaches everyday due to pregnancy. Could my blood clot now? I can't take Excedrin anymore. I'm a healthy 26 year old.

Daily aspirin?: If you were taking Aspirin daily for headaches then, you will not be any more libel to clot your blood off the medication compared to being on. It's not good to take daily Aspirin for headaches anyways. ...Read more

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I am 11 weeks pregnAnt and took two Excedrin for a tooth ache and still bothering me would it hurt to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) to?

I am 11 weeks pregnAnt and took two Excedrin for a tooth ache and still bothering me would it hurt to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) to?

Possibly: Toothache probably caused by infection (abscess). Over medicating w pain killers will not cure the infection, just partially block the pain as the infection gets worse, possibly harming you, your baby, or both. You MUST see Dentist ASAP. Don't wait, call now! ...Read more

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Should my baby be okay if I took two excedrins and I am 11 week pregnant?

Should my baby be okay if I took two excedrins and I am 11 week pregnant?

Yes: This will not harm your baby. Just avoid them from this point on if you can. ...Read more

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I took 2 excedrin and I am 11 weeks and 5 days pregnant. I didn't know this could harm my baby. Is there anything that I can do to ensure my baby is not harmed?

I took 2 excedrin and I am 11 weeks and 5 days pregnant. I didn't know this could harm my baby. Is there anything that I can do to ensure my baby is not harmed?

No, but relax!: There is very little chance that 2 Excedrin once will harm the baby. Almost none. (There are no guarantees in pregnancy or anything else.) Birth defects happen quite often, without taking anything at all, and can be impossible to predict or prevent. It is a great idea to avoid unnecessary meds and only take those recommended by your doc. Eat properly, no smoking, alcohol, recr. Drugs. ...Read more

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I'm 12 weeks pregnant I took a Excedrin for my headache. Dis I harm my baby?

I'm 12 weeks pregnant I took a Excedrin for my headache. Dis I harm my baby?

Probably not: But a good policy is: you should always check with your OB Doc BEFORE you take any medicines incuding over the counter medicines ESPECIALLY in your first trimester. ...Read more

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Pain medicine, neurologists do you recommend Excedrin for migraines while pregnant? How about Excedrin in general?  

Pain medicine, neurologists do you recommend Excedrin for migraines while pregnant? How about Excedrin in general?  

Not a good idea: Nsaid's in general can cause changes in the fetal circulation that can lead problems (closes the ductus arterios). This can be benefical after delivery to close the d.A. But is detrimental before delivery. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is ok, basically but you need to check with your OB for specifics. ...Read more

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I am 13 weeks pregnant and I have a hard time swallowing pills sp I crushed up an excedrin 6 hours ago. Is it OK to do that?

I am 13 weeks pregnant and I have a hard time swallowing pills sp I crushed up an excedrin 6 hours ago. Is it OK to do that?

Options: Excedrin is not the best choice for pregnant women as it contains aspirin. Sometimes Aspirin is prescribed during pregnancy for specific conditions so a one time use is not a cause for concern. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is the safest choice for headaches in pregnancy. Local pharmacist can always tell you which medications are safe to be crushed. Your doctor can prescribe many medications in liquid form. ...Read more

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Help! Hemiplegic Migraine last night & head still pounding today. Can I take Excederine Migraine at 9 weeks pregnant? Tylenol doesn't work!

Help! Hemiplegic Migraine last night & head still pounding today. Can I take Excederine Migraine at 9 weeks pregnant? Tylenol doesn't work!

Call ob: It would be a good idea to call your ob to discuss this headache further. However excedrin can be used safely in the first trimester. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water and eating small regular meals as well ...Read more

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Severe migraine for several days, no med, no remedy works, should I take Excedrin (acetaminophen, aspirin), any side effects, age 28, 140 lbs, female?

Severe migraine for several days, no med, no remedy works, should I take Excedrin (acetaminophen, aspirin), any side effects, age 28, 140 lbs, female?

That is safe: It may help you to take 1 excedrin 3 times per day for 3-4 days. For long-lasting migraine headaches, sometimes other remedies are helpful, such as the medicines amitriptyline or propranolol.

Are you certain it is a migraine? ...Read more

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Can I take Excedrin that expired 4 months ago?

Not recommended: Expired medication may not adequately treat some conditions because of the reduced efficacy. ...Read more

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Can I take Excedrin if I have glaucoma?

Can I take Excedrin if I have glaucoma?

Yes: There is no interaction between excedrin and glaucoma. If the excedrin can relieve your pain, then go for it. ...Read more

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Can I take Excedrin while im taking feverfew?

Can I take Excedrin while im taking feverfew?

How Much Excedrin?: A more important issue is how ofter you take the excedrin. You may be causing rebound headaches which in many ways are more difficult to treat than migraine. Feverfew is a popular herb that seems to prevent migraine. I am not aware of any major interactions as does st. John's wort, for example. It is probably more important to limit your Excedrin than worry about the feverfew interactions. ...Read more

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Can I take meloxicam with excedrin?

Can I take meloxicam with excedrin?

No: These medications are both antiinflammatory and should never be used together. ...Read more

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Can I take Excedrin after taking xanax (alprazolam)?

Can I take Excedrin after taking xanax (alprazolam)?

Not the PM version.: Excedrin PM contains diphenhydramine, AKA Benadryl, which can make you sleepy. Xanax (alprazolam) also can make you sleepy, so I would avoid that combination. The other Excedrin formulations, like Excedrin Migraine or Excedrin Extra Strength should be OK. ...Read more

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I have a headache and toothache can I take excedrin?

I have a headache and toothache can I take excedrin?

Yes, but: Yes, but that won't solve the dental problem. See DDS ASAP. ...Read more

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Can I take sumatriptan 2 hours after taking excedrin?

Omitted: Yes you can. I often have patients take Imitrex (sumatriptan) 30m to an hour after the first line medicine had been taken. ...Read more

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Can I take Excedrin migraine if it expired 2 months ago?

Can I take Excedrin migraine if it expired 2 months ago?

Yes: Realize you are taking half a Tylenol (acetaminophen) and a bunch of caffeine though. (check the ingredients). Be mindful of the fact that many people develop chronic daily headaches because of excessive use of Excedrin. They get addicted to the caffeine then get a headache when it wears off. At least a bottle of Excedrin has lasted at least 2 months in your case. ...Read more

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Can I take Excedrin migraine every 12 hours and be okay?

Can I take Excedrin migraine every 12 hours and be okay?

Yes: Yes but it would be better if you had to take it less often...Less headache. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take excedrin a day after taking benzonatate?

Why are you: Taking Excedrin? You haven't given much in the way of symptoms that would indicate the need. That being said, there should be no contraindication to using so long as you have taken Excedrin before without adverse effects. ...Read more

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I have a headache everyday. Is it bad that I take Excedrin on a daily basis?

I have a headache everyday. Is it bad that I take Excedrin on a daily basis?

Yes and no.: Bad because it may be the cause of your daily headache. Good because it relieves your headache. Should talk with your doc about a plan for stopping the med. ...Read more

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If I took 2 Excedrin the day I had to take a drug test will it show up as a “false positive”?

If I took 2 Excedrin the day I had to take a drug test will it show up as a “false positive”?

No: There are no medications in Excedrin that would cause one to have a positive result for contraband.
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Can I take xtra strength Excedrin w/30 mg of cymbalta; I read abt potential flags, can't discern risk?

Can I take xtra strength Excedrin w/30 mg of cymbalta; I read abt potential flags, can't discern risk?

Some risk: The combo may increase the risk of bleeding, the risk of an excess Cymbalta (duloxetine) level, and the extend of platelet inhibition. ...Read more

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Is it bad to take Excedrin 4 times a week?

Is it bad to take Excedrin 4 times a week?

No: You want to limit the use of Excedrin as it is known to cause rebound headaches. If you are requiring this medication do often the you should discuss your problems with you primary doc. ...Read more