Recall: Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine

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March 21, 2018 -- If you’ve recently purchased some Alka-Seltzer cold medicine, you may want to take a closer look at the package. Bayer is voluntarily recalling some kinds of Alka-Seltzer Plus because the ingredients listed on the box may not be what’s actually in the product.

No injuries have been reported. But Bayer is concerned that these labeling errors may cause people to accidentally take something they're allergic to; use an ingredient that aggravates another medical condition; or take something that shouldn’t be mixed with other drugs they’re on.

To see if you have an Alka-Seltzer Plus product affected by the recall, check the Bayer logo on the front of the box. If it has an orange or green background and was purchased after Feb. 9, 2018, it is included in the recall.

If you have a recalled product, you should stop using it and contact the company to get a refund. You can reach Bayer Consumer Relations at 800-986-0369.

Contact your doctor or health care provider if you’ve had any problems that you think may be related to the cold medicine.

You can also report a bad reaction directly to the FDA. To submit a report online, go to You can also call the FDA at 800-332-1088.

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on March 21, 2018


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