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. In fact, when ER Doctors choose an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever for their own aches and pains, the medicine in Advil is their #1 choice.

*among OTC brands. Based on a survey of ER doctors.

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.