Tests show some caplets may not dissolve as quickly as intended when near their three-year expiration date. That could delay relief of pain.
The company says it's only recalling packages from retailers, not consumers, because there's no safety concern. Consumers can continue taking the product as directed on the bottle, but there may be a delay in experiencing relief.
The recall involves about 12 million bottles of Motrin IB coated caplets in bottles of 24 or 30 each. They were manufactured between February 2009 and July 2011, and distributed in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Fiji, Belize, and the Caribbean.
Affected lot numbers are listed on Motrin.com. Consumers with questions or concerns can contact the Consumer Call Center at 1-888-222-6036 (available Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET).
The problem is under investigation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.