Migraleve medicine is a popular treatment for migraines in the UK, with the brand offering two different types of tablets. Migraleve Yellow contains paracetamol and codeine, whereas Migraleve Pink contains paracetamol, codeine and buclizine. At the moment, Migraleve Pink is appearing as out of stock in all UK pharmacies and online shops. Many migraine sufferers have taken to Twitter to try and find an answer over the treatment’s disappearance.
One user tweeted: “Does anyone in the pharmaceutical world know anything at all about why it’s become impossible to source Migraleve Pink? Is there actually a suitable alternative?? @JNJNews.”
Many people have noted its disappearance over the last year.
One person tweeted: “@JNJCares #migraleve has run out everywhere. Haven’t been able to buy Pink since March 2018, used my last 2 last week. I have NO idea what I’m going to do now. Other painkillers don’t TOUCH my migraines, I have been having one a week for over a year. Dreading next one.”
Another wrote: “Any fellow migraine-sufferers been able to get their hands on any pink Migraleve yet? There’s been a Europe-wide shortage for like a year now, I’m nearly out and I’m getting nervous…”
If you visit the Migraleve website, a message from the Migraleve team appears.
It reads: “MigraleveTM Pink, and MigraleveTM packs containing Pink Tablets and Yellow Tablets, are temporarily out of stock.
“We apologise for the inconvenience caused and would like to reassure you that we are working hard to resolve this situation.
“In the meantime, if you haven’t already, we would encourage you to speak to your GP about other migraine medicines that could be used until MigraleveTM Pink and MigraleveTMYellow is back in stock.
“Your GP will be able to recommend a suitable alternative for your situation.
“We will update this message with resupply dates once further information is available. Many Thanks, The MigraleveTM team.”
A spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson told Express.co.uk the disappearance of Migraleve Pink is down to a “supply shortage issue” with an ingredient.
They said: “Unfortunately, Migraleve™ Pink, and Migraleve™ packs containing Pink Tablets and Yellow Tablets, are temporarily out of stock. We apologise to consumers for the inconvenience caused and would like to reassure them that we are working hard to resolve this situation. Migraleve™ Yellow remains unaffected.
“We originally had a supply shortage issue with an ingredient in Migraleve™ Pink Tablets, which has been resolved. However, to begin selling Migraleve™ Pink Tablets again, we have to work through both Johnson & Johnson and MHRA requirements, which unfortunately can take some time, but are essential for every over-the-counter medicine.
“We will update the Migraleve™ website (www.migraleve.co.uk) with resupply dates once further information is available.
The NHS says many people who have migraines find over-the-counter painkillers effective, such as paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen, at reducing symptoms.
It states: “They tend to be most effective if taken at the first signs of a migraine attack, as this gives them time to absorb into your bloodstream and ease your symptoms.
“When taking over-the-counter painkillers, always make sure you read the instructions on the packaging and follow the dosage recommendations.”
If ordinary painkillers aren’t helping to relieve symptoms, the health body recommends you make an appointment to see your GP.