Thousands of packets of painkiller Nurofen Plus, sold over the counter in the UK, could contain antipsychotic drugs, a health watchdog has learned.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is investigating how AstraZenca’s Seroquel XL 50mg tablets came into contact with Nurofen Plus, which are made by Reckitt Benckiser at a separate site.

Reckitt has so far received three reports of the potentially harmful tablets in cartons of three different batches of Nurofen Plus.

Seroquel XL is a prescription-only antipsychotic used to treat disorders such as schizophrenia, mania and bipolar depression.

People accidently taking Seroquel may experience drowsiness and are advised not to drive or operate tools and machinery.

The MHRA said in statement, “Work is ongoing to obtain more information but the full facts may never be fully established. Recipients are requested to remain vigilant about this issue and requested to report any further cases or additional concerns promptly.”

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Reckitt Benckiser responded to the news: “After careful review of the manufacturing system, manufacturing errors by the makers of Nurofen Plus or Seroquel XL are not thought to be part of the cause at this stage.”