If you are pregnant or nursing a baby, you should seek the advice of a health professional before using Advil®. Do not use ibuprofen during the last three months of pregnancy unless directed by a physician.
When taken as directed, adverse effects on the liver are uncommon. Effects on the liver are rare but may include liver disorder, abnormal liver function, hepatitis and jaundice, and, they may occur at higher than recommended OTC doses.
Consult your physician before taking Advil® if you have liver cirrhosis, or any other concerns about taking this product.
One of the main classes of chemicals that the body produces as part of the inflammatory process is prostaglandins, which produce pain and fever. Advil® temporarily blocks the body's production of prostaglandins, reducing pain and fever.
Form is a matter of preference, as each is effective as indicated by label. Tablets are the original round form of Advil®, which has been trusted by millions for over 30 years. Oblong-shaped Advil® are called caplets — which are available with a gel coating (gel caps) so they’re easier to swallow.
Advil® Liqui-Gels® don’t just look different from the others, they are different as they contain solubilized ibuprofen. Consequently they’re absorbed into the body more quickly for faster pain relief.
Fast acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets have a Rapid Release Formula with a core of ibuprofen sodium, a salt form of ibuprofen that is much more soluble in water than standard ibuprofen. Because they are more soluble, they dissolve fast, and can be absorbed into the body fast.
It is not necessary to take Advil® with food, however, take it with food or milk if an upset stomach occurs. Consult your physician before taking any NSAID or if you have a history of stomach problems such as heartburn, upset stomach or stomach pain.
NSAIDs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are a group of chemical compounds that often are chemically unrelated but share therapeutic actions such as analgesic (pain-relieving) and antipyretic (used reduce fever) effects.
Most retail grocery, pharmacy and convenience stores carry a variety of Advil® products. Please check our "Buy Now" page on this website to locate a store near you that carries our products. You may also find online stores that carry the products on this page as well.
Yes! Advil® Menstrual Pain treats menstrual cramps, as well as headaches, backaches, and muscle aches, which are all pains women commonly experience with their period (and Advil® Menstrual Pain will treat these pains even if you don’t have your period!). Please refer to the product label for a full list of uses.
Advil® Menstrual Pain has a different formula than Advil® Tablets. It is formulated with ibuprofen sodium, a salt form of ibuprofen that dissolves differently from standard ibuprofen (which is in Advil® Tablets).
No. Unlike certain combination products, Advil® Menstrual Pain is caffeine free and antihistamine free, so it won’t keep you up at night or make you sleepy during the day. Advil® Menstrual Pain contains ibuprofen sodium, a powerful pain reliever which targets the cause of your menstrual pain for up to six hours of relief.
You can buy Advil® Menstrual Pain at many national retailers including Target, CVS, Rite-Aid, and Walmart. Look for it with menstrual pain relievers in the OTC aisle, or in the Feminine Hygiene aisle. We do recommend contacting your local store to confirm they have it in stock though.
Advil® Menstrual Pain contains a powerful non-drowsy pain reliever that provides powerful pain relief of all your menstrual pains, including cramps, backache, and headache. Unlike Midol® Complete or Pamprin®, it is also caffeine-free and antihistamine-free, so it won’t keep you up at night or make you sleepy during the day.
For more than 30 years, extensive consumer use and numerous clinical studies have shown that Advil®, when used as directed, is a safe and effective OTC pain reliever. The active ingredient in Advil® is ibuprofen, and the over-the-counter dose for Advil® is lower than prescription ibuprofen. See ‘Health Conditions’ section for additional information.
The FDA has requested that all manufacturers of over the counter (OTC) non-aspirin non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), including ibuprofen (such as Advil® and Motrin®) and naproxen sodium (such as Aleve®), update the drug facts label warnings related to cardiovascular risk. Our website reflects the current labeling in compliance with this new guidance. As retailers replenish their Advil® product inventory, you will see the updated label on our product packaging.
Continue to follow the directions for use on the product labeling you purchased. When used as directed, Advil® continues to be safe and effective on tough pain.