Frequently Asked Questions

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Find answers to your questions about Advil® products.

Get answers to your questions on how to take and properly use Advil®.

Find out how to safely take Advil®, as well as what is to be avoided.

Learn more about the pain reliever in Advil®.

Find out about the symptoms, and types of pain, that Advil® treats.

Compare the different pain relief options that are available to you.

Top Questions

Will this product interact with my prescription medication?

If you have any condition that requires a prescription medication, talk with your doctor or pharmacist about using Advil®, or any other pain reliever.

Will the pain-relieving effect of Advil® weaken with long-term use?

No. However, while no studies have shown a tolerance build up (or weakening of pain relief power), over-the-counter pain relievers (including Advil®) should not be used for longer than 10 days unless directed by a physician.

Will Advil® cure my arthritis?

There is no known cure for arthritis. Advil® (at the recommended nonprescription dose) can provide temporary relief of minor arthritis and other joint pain.

For more information on the appropriate treatment of arthritis, consult your physician.

I have trouble opening the Advil® bottle. Is there another way of getting my pills?

The Advil® Easy Open Arthritis Cap features an innovative cap design with a comfortable grip made for those with difficulty opening bottles. Awarded the Ease-of-Use Commendation from the Arthritis Foundation®, the Advil® Easy-Open Arthritis Cap takes the pain out of pain relief. This bottle is not suitable for households with young children.

How big are Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis? What do they look like?

Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis are green, oblong liquid-filled capsules imprinted with the Advil® logo. They look similar to Advil® Liqui-Gels®, only they’re 33% smaller.

I have a heart condition. Should I take Advil®?

You should talk to a doctor before taking Advil® if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, liver cirrhosis, kidney disease, asthma, or had a stroke. Do not use right before or after heart surgery.

What’s the difference between Tylenol® and Advil®?

The pain reliever in Advil® is ibuprofen, which is part of a class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (also known as NSAIDs). Advil® does not contain acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol®.

We’ve put Advil® up against Tylenol® in 30 different pain studies. Advil® remains the undefeated champion of tough pain relief.

How are the fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets different than Advil® Liqui-Gels®?

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.

How are Advil® Liqui-Gels® different from regular Advil® Tablets?

They contain a liquid form of ibuprofen (the pain reliever in Advil®) so some people prefer them because they’re absorbed into the body quickly for fast pain relief. However, Liqui-Gels® contain the same amount of pain reliever as regular Advil® so you’re getting the same powerful pain relief no matter which option you choose.

I am allergic to gluten. Is it all right for me to take Advil® products?

Gluten is not added to any Advil® product during the manufacturing process. However, we cannot guarantee that minute amounts of gluten or gluten derivatives are not contained in raw materials obtained from various suppliers for our manufacturing process since the end product is not tested for gluten.

You should check with your doctor if you have any concerns about taking any Advil® product.

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