Advil® should be used only as directed on the label. Stop taking Advil® and talk to your doctor if your pain gets worse or lasts for more than 10 days, or if your fever gets worse or lasts for more than 3 days.
Over 30 years of studies and use have shown that Advil®, when used as directed, is safe and effective at relieving pain. As with all medicines however, some side effects may occur.
Before using Advil®, we recommend you read our warnings. Learn more about the side effects of Advil®.
Allergy alert: Ibuprofen may cause a severe allergic reaction, especially in people allergic to aspirin. Symptoms may include:
If an allergic reaction occurs, stop use and seek medical help right away.
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
Heart attack and stroke warning: NSAIDs, except aspirin, increase the risk of heart attack, heart failure, and stroke. These can be fatal. The risk is higher if you use more than directed or for longer than directed.
Do not use
if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other pain reliever/fever reducer
right before or after heart surgery
Ask a doctor before use if
stomach bleeding warning applies to you
you have problems or serious side effects from taking pain relievers or fever reducers
you have a history of stomach problems, such as heartburn
you have high blood pressure, heart disease, liver cirrhosis, kidney disease, asthma, or had a stroke
you are taking a diuretic
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are
under a doctor’s care for any serious condition
taking aspirin for heart attack or stroke, because ibuprofen may decrease this benefit of aspirin
taking any other drug
When using this product
take with food or milk if stomach upset occurs
Stop use and ask a doctor if
you experience any of the following signs of stomach bleeding:
have bloody or black stools
have stomach pain that does not get better
you have symptoms of heart problems or stroke
weakness in one part or side of body
pain gets worse or lasts more than 10 days
fever gets worse or lasts more than 3 days
redness or swelling is present in the painful area
any new symptoms appear
It depends on which form of Advil® you take as well as how your body responds to medication. Some Advil® products are designed to deliver faster relief, so read the product label to see how often you can dose. Keep in mind that you cannot take more than one dose of Advil Migraine in a 24 hour period.
Talk to your doctor about getting samples of Advil®. If you’re a healthcare provider, you can request samples of Advil® for your patients, find coupons, and access data and other helpful resources here.
You have a lot of over-the-counter options when it comes to pain relief, which can be overwhelming. Your best option may depend on your specific pain needs and the advice of your doctor.
However, it’s important to know the difference between Advil® and other pain relievers. The pain ingredient in Advil® is ibuprofen, which is part of a class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (also known as NSAIDs). When you take Advil® you get relief right at the site of pain. Wherever it is, Advil® stops pain right where it starts.
The makers of Advil® do not produce store brand ibuprofen pain medicine.
Advil® products are available with child-resistant caps. For those who may suffer from joint pain, Advil® Tablets and Advil® Liqui-Gels® are also available with a non-child resistant, Easy Open Arthritis Cap. Since it is easier to open, make sure to keep the Easy Open Arthritis Cap products out of reach from children.
No. Single ingredient Advil® products do not contain an antihistamine. The active ingredient in Advil® is ibuprofen which is part of a class of drugs called NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Check out the Ingredients section of this FAQ to learn more about what is in Advil®. If you are interested in an antihistamine, check out our Advil® Cold & Allergy Products.
Advil® Liqui-Gels® have a liquid form of ibuprofen inside, while fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets are a solid form of ibuprofen sodium (a salt form of ibuprofen).
Both get absorbed by the body quickly (the first because they’re liquid and the second because they’re a salt form), so both products are designed for fast absorption and fast relief.
The levels of sodium in fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated tablets are not high enough to require label warnings – each fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablet contains 22 mg of sodium. Even if the maximum daily dose is taken (6 tablets), the total amount of sodium ingested is only 132 mg. Per the FDA*, the recommended daily value for sodium is less than 2,400 mg per day, although some people may need less due to health concerns. Speak with your doctor about your sodium intake.
*“Sodium in Your Diet: Use the Nutrition Facts Label and Reduce Your Intake” retrieved from FDA.gov.
Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis patented technology enables us to concentrate the powerful pain relief of Advil® Liqui-Gels® into a 33% smaller capsule. Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis don’t contain a special form of ibuprofen, just a more concentrated dosage form.
You do not have to take Advil® with food. However, if you experience an upset stomach, you can take it with food or milk. If you have a history of serious stomach problems like ulcers, be sure that you talk to your doctor before taking Advil® or any NSAID.