Health Canada recalls Advil with mixed-up "Day" and "Night" tablets

Oct 3 2021, 6:46 pm

Convenient medicine packs with both nighttime and daytime relief are great when you’re feeling under the weather – as long as they’re labelled correctly.

On Sunday, October 3, Health Canada issued a recall for two lots of Advil Cold & Sinus Day/Night Convenience Packs. The agency says that a labelling error on the reverse of the blister pack could be misleading.

“Consumers may take a nighttime caplet instead of a daytime caplet, and vice versa. Taking a nighttime caplet when alertness is required may pose health risks,” said Health Canada in a release.

Nighttime caplets are mislabelled as daytime caplets because the foil backing is rotated upside down and misaligned. Also, some daytime caplets are labelled as nighttime.

Health Canada Advil

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Health Canada Advil

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“The nighttime caplets contain an antihistamine medicinal ingredient (chlorpheniramine maleate) that can cause drowsiness,” said Health Canada.

The two lots affected by the error are ER2072 and ER2069 with a February 2, 2023 expiry date. These products have been distributed in Canada since July 2021.

Health Canada advises to stop using the products and to reach a health care professional if you have concerns after using them. For more information, you can read the full recall notice.

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