Make pain a distant memory. Advil® is the #1 selling pain reliever,* providing safe, effective pain relief for over 30 years.

So whether you have a headache, muscle aches, backaches, menstrual pain, minor arthritis and other joint pain, or aches and pains from the common cold, nothing's stronger or longer lasting. The medicine in Advil® is #1 doctor recommended for pain relief.

*Among OTC pain relievers.

Uses & Dosing Information

Temporarily relieves minor aches and pains due to:

  • Headache
  • Toothache
  • Backache
  • Menstrual cramps
  • The common cold
  • Muscular aches
  • Minor pain of arthritis

Temporarily reduces:

  • Fever

12 years of age and older:

  • 1 tablet/caplet/gel caplet every 4 to 6 hours while symptoms persist.
  • If pain or fever does not respond to 1 tablet/caplet/gel caplet, 2 may be used.
  • Do not exceed 6 tablets/caplets/gel caplets in 24 hours unless directed by a doctor.

Under 12 years of age:

  • Ask a doctor.


Use as directed. Read complete warnings and information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Advil® effective for?
Advil® temporarily reduces fever and relieves minor aches and pains due to: headache, the minor pain of arthritis, toothache, backache, menstrual cramps, the common cold and muscular aches.
How does Advil® work?
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.
Can I take Advil® if I am pregnant or nursing a baby?
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.
What is the difference between Advil® Liqui-Gels®, tablets, caplets and gel caps?
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.