What is excedrin made of?

Do you ever find yourself staring at the label of your medication wondering what on earth you are putting into your body? Well, wonder no more my friend! Today, we are going to take a delightful dive into the world of Excedrin and uncover all its wacky ingredients that make it oh so effective. So sit back, grab a notepad and let’s get started!

Introduction: A Bayer Product with Many Layers

First thing’s first, what is Excedrin anyway? This over-the-counter pain reliever has been around since 1958 and was acquired by Bayer in 2005. As one of the most popular headache remedies on the market, Excedrin is known for providing relief for those pesky migraines or tension headaches.

But what exactly makes this product work wonders? Well my dear reader there are several layers (like an onion) that make up Excedrin’s powerful formula. Let us peel each layer back (without crying obviously) and explore every ingredient.

Acetaminophen – ‘The Student Body President’

Acetaminophen is like the student body president of pain relief. It’s constantly juggling multiple tasks whilst still being loved by everyone. Its main job is to reduce fever and relieve mild-to-moderate pain ranging from headaches (we see you Excedrin) to toothaches or menstrual cramps.

This dude can be found lurking in various other products such as Tylenol but it takes center stage in Excedrin Extra Strength combination packs alongside aspirin & caffeine.

Aspirin- ‘The Outdated Meme’

Aspirin may seem out-dated now but don’t count old memes out just yet because they may surprise you! Like aceto-whatsitsname above, Aspirin also helps relieve minor aches/pains caused by inflammation, headaches and fever.

When working with acetaminophen (with caffeine as wingman) it creates the perfect excedrin trifecta that many sufferers root for. Plus if you’re not feeling headache-y this could stop a heart attack in its tracks (Go Aspirin!)

Caffeine- ‘The Hyper Gym Rat’

Who hasn’t relied on coffee to get through the day? Caffeine is similar to an annoyingly perky gym rat who can’t wait to do another round of burpees or lunges. This guy just loves staying active and improving brain activity like attention span, mood & motivation.

In addition, when partnered up with our previous ingredients it boosts their effectiveness by nearly 40% alone! Zero jitters though… each Excedrin pill only contains 65 milligrams which is equivalent to a half cup of brewed coffee – no sweat!

Magnesium Stearate -‘The New Teacher’s Pet Everything’

Magnesium Who???? Another name for Slip Agents buuuut we much prefer our made-up version so let’s go with that. Acting as a buddies-buddies compound MgSt loosens up all the tablet ingredients sticking together whilst allowing smoother creation/compounds in this oh-so-satisfying rectangular shape.

Kudos Magnesium Stearate/Pet Everything aka Mr.Popularity because your workings make all OTC medications glide down smoothly without any hitches at all!

Microcrystalline Cellulose- ’The Fancy Pants Hype Man’

Now doesn’t Microcrystalline Cellulose sound like something straight out of Breaking Bad? It may not be dangerous chemical warfare but we promise it shares similarities besides sounding super fancy pants!

As fine powdery substance, MCC works hard contributing towards the constancy,purity,stability & dispersity that makes Excedrin successful from start till finish uniting all active ingredients together just like a good hype man.

Polyethylene Glycol – ‘The Entourage’

Poly-everything isn’t technically an ingredient for Excedrin at all, but it helps keep it looking as kick-ass as possible by shaping things up behind the scenes. It’s also known as this product’s entourage compound helping create and polish products to look cooler than the other side of your pillow!

You’ve seen PEG in countless beauty products too right? Think creamy body lotions, shimmery lip balms & softening hair masks….just add Excedrin Pill-form alongside keeping packaging trendy too!


There you have it folks! We hope we tickled your funny bone while educating you about the delightful weirdness that is Excedrin’s formula. Sometimes reading medication details can be daunting, which is exactly why we wanted to make this article entertaining and playful aside from its useful facts.

Don’t forget when taking any type of medication always consult with doctor before considering anything new. Now go ahead,a headache’s got nothin’ on ya!

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