TORONTO – Two lots of Advil tablets have been recalled in Canada due to a labeling error that could have caused some caplets to be taken at the wrong time of day.

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health canada announced the recall On Sunday, saying that it pertains to two specific lots of Advil Cold & Sinus Day/Night Convenience Pack boxes.

Affected boxes contain either 18 caplets (lot number ER2072) or 36 caplets (lot number ER2069), and have an expiration date of February 2023.


Health Canada says they were sold nationwide from July 2021.

According to the manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, the problem is that the foil backing on the drug’s packaging was printed upside down and incorrectly. As a result, beige caplets taken at night are mislabeled as daytime caplets, and some orange daytime caplets are mislabeled as night time caplets.

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“Taking caplets at night when alertness is required can cause potentially serious adverse health consequences, such as when driving a motor vehicle or operating heavy machinery. It can also cause potentially serious health consequences for those who those who have taken other sedatives or tranquilizers, have consumed alcohol, and the elderly,” Health Canada’s recall notice states.

It is recommended that anyone who has Advil products that are covered by the recall stop using them, and consult a health care professional if there is a health concern. The recalled products can also be returned at the point of purchase.