Since 2003 there has been a specialty Excedrin product - Excedrin Tension Headache (also known as Excedrin Aspirin Free). Always popular, people are buying Excedrin for pain in large numbers. But what exactly is this particular product for tension headache (tension-type headache), and will it really help?
Novartis is the company that now sells Excedrin products. Excedrin is basically a pain reliever, but Novartis has been offering more brands for specific pain symptoms. This includes products such as Excedrin Back & Body, Excedrin Migraine and Excedrin Sinus Headache. The ingredients are targeted to a specific type or level of pain.
Common ingredients in Excedrin are aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), acetaminophen (paracetamol), and caffeine. Excedrin Tension Headache is a little different because it does not contain aspirin. Each "geltab" (or coated tablet or gelcap) contains 500 mg of acetaminophen (paracetamol) and 65mg of caffeine. That's a little less caffeine than you would find in one cup of coffee, and a little more than in a can of Coke.
As with any painkiller, it also contains a host of "non-medical" ingredients, such as corn starch, magnesium stearate, gelatin, and many more (full list of Excedrin Tension Headache ingredients - see "Labeling Information").
Excedrin Tension Headache is generally considered to be one of the safer pain killers. It's being mentioned here because of its popularity, not because it's better or worse than any other similar medications. However, there are a few things to be aware of when taking this Excedrin Tension Headache:
Caffeine is commonly used in painkillers because it helps your body to absorb the medicine, and it somehow seems to make certain painkillers more effective. It's not unusual, but you should still use with caution and be aware of other caffeine that you may normally consume.
Once again, this medication is not meant to be taken on a regular basis. If you are experiencing regular pain, you need to see a doctor and find better treatments.