Frequently Asked Questions

Adults and Children ages 12 and older. Children and teenagers should not use this for chicken pox or flu symptoms before consulting a doctor about Reye's Syndrome, a rare but serious illness reported to be associated with aspirin.

Place on tongue and follow with a liquid or stir powder into a glass of water or any other liquid and drink.

No. If pain persists more than 10 days, consult a physician.

We recommend consulting a physician if you are pregnant or nursing.

No, we recommend following the directions on the package label or as directed by a doctor.

We recommend checking with your doctor or pharmacist prior to taking BC® Powder  with other medications.

Unfortunately, the BC® Powder tablets have been discontinued.

Individual dose is packaged in a folded glassine paper. Two-ct or six-ct packages contain two or six glassines in a paper envelope while larger sizes contain multiple glassines in a cardboard box. Each envelope or box has a plastic overwrap with a tear-tape containing the BC® logo.

Yes, the envelope/carton has a plastic overwrap and a tear-tape with the BC® logo. Do not use if the safety overwrap or 'BC®' tear-tape is missing or torn.

Yes, there is an expiration date on the package. No, we do not recommend using it after the expiration date.

We would not expect this to occur, but we have not tested the product in this context.

BC stands for Bernard and Commodore Council, the founders of BC® Powder. They borrowed their initials to name the powder. According to legend, the BC® Powder mixture included crushed aspirin and caffeine, the same ingredients still used today.

BC® Powder is sold in food, drug, mass merchandise, and convenience stores, primarily in the southern U.S.

Room temperature; it may be stored in the refrigerator but should not be used if it was kept hot or frozen.

Place on tongue and follow with a liquid or stir powder into a glass of water or any other liquid and drink. May be used every 6 hours, up to 4 powders each 24 hours.

It contains a pain reliever ingredient aspirin, which works by suppressing the prostaglandins and blocking the peripheral nerve sites responsible for pain impulse. In addition, it also contains Caffeine as a pain reliever-aid. They work together to provide the analgesic effect.

Aspirin may cause stomach bleeding. Children and teenagers should not use this for chicken pox or flu symptoms before consulting a doctor about Reye's Syndrome, a rare but serious illness reported to be associated with aspirin. Pregnant or nursing women should consult a health professional. Pregnant women should not use this product during last three months of pregnancy. Do not take this product if you are sensitive/allergic to aspirin. If you consume three (3) or more alcoholic drinks per day, you should consult your doctor whether you should take aspirin or other pain relievers.

Reye's Syndrome:
Children and teenagers who have or are recovering from chickenpox or flu-like symptoms should not use this product. When using this product, if changes in behavior with nausea and vomiting occur, consult a doctor because these symptoms could be an early sign of Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious illness.
Allergy alert:
Aspirin may cause a severe allergic reaction, which may include:

  • Hives
  • Facial swelling
  • Shock
  • Asthma (wheezing)

Stomach bleeding warning:
This product contains an NSAID, which may cause severe stomach bleeding. The chance is higher if you:

  • Are age 60 or older
  • Have had stomach ulcers or bleeding problems
  • Take a blood-thinning (anticoagulant) or steroid drug
  • Take other drugs containing prescription or nonprescription NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or others)
  • Have 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product
  • Take more or for a longer time than directed

Caffeine Warning: This product contains caffeine. Limit the use of caffeine-containing medications, foods, or beverages while taking this product because too much caffeine may cause nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness, and, occasionally, rapid heart beat.

Do not use if you have ever had an allergic reaction to aspirin or any other pain reliever/fever reducer.
Ask a doctor before use if:

  • Stomach bleeding warning applies to you
  • You have a history of stomach problems, such as heartburn
  • You have high blood pressure, heart disease, liver cirrhosis, or kidney disease
  • You are taking a diuretic
  • You have asthma

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking a prescription drug for:

  • Gout
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis

Stop use and ask a doctor if:

  • An allergic reaction occurs. Seek medical help right away.
  • You experience any of the following signs of stomach bleeding:
    • Feel faint
    • Vomit blood
    • Have bloody or black stools
    • Have stomach pain that does not get better
  • Pain gets worse or lasts more than ten (10) days
  • Fever gets worse or lasts more than three (3) days
  • Redness or swelling is present
  • Any new symptoms occur
  • Ringing in ears or loss of hearing occurs
    Each of these could be a sign of a serious condition.

If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use. It is especially important not to use aspirin during the last three (3) months of pregnancy unless definitely directed to do so by a doctor because it may cause problems in the unborn child or complications during delivery.
Keep out of reach of children.
Overdose warning:
Taking more than the recommended dose can cause serious health problems. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) right away. Quick medical attention is critical for adults as well as for children even if you do not notice any signs or symptoms.
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Do not use if you are allergic to aspirin. Children and teenagers should not use this product for chicken pox or flu before consulting a doctor about Reye's Syndrome, a rare, but serious illness reported to be associated with aspirin. If you are pregnant, do not use this product during last three months of pregnancy unless directed by a doctor. If you consume three or more alcoholic drinks per day consult your physician before taking this product. Aspirin may cause stomach bleeding.