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

Can I take Advil® for a cold or the flu?

Yes, Advil® offers a variety of treatment options depending on your cold and flu symptoms.

Advil® Tablets, Gel Caplets, Liqui-Gels® and Liqui-Gels® minis contain an active ingredient, called ibuprofen, which temporarily reduces fever, as well as relieves minor aches and pains due to the common cold.

If you have additional symptoms, you can also consider using Advil® Cold & Sinus and Advil® Sinus Congestion & Pain products for additional relief. These products contain ibuprofen plus a nasal decongestant to provide relief for symptoms including: headache, fever, minor body aches and pains, sinus pressure, and nasal congestion.

For further questions concerning your use of Advil® products, please speak with a healthcare provider. If your symptoms continue to persist or get worse, please contact a physician immediately.

Is ibuprofen addictive? Will it cause withdrawal symptoms?

No. Advil® is not habit forming, and it does not demonstrate addictive properties. Studies show that ibuprofen affects the body (peripherally active), not the brain (not centrally active). Advil® is nonnarcotic.

What is Advil® used for?

Advil® temporarily reduces fever and relieves minor aches and pains due to headaches, toothaches, backaches, menstrual cramps, the common cold, muscular aches and the minor pain of arthritis.

Whether it’s joint pain, headache or minor arthritis, Advil® is tough on pain, but gentle on your body.

Where can I see the latest Advil® commercials?

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Is the dose of fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated the same as regular Advil®?

Yes, both products have the same dose and effective power of Advil®. Use as directed on label. For more information on dosing, visit the Dosage and Directions section of this FAQ.

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.

Is Advil® bad for my liver?

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 doctor before taking Advil® if you have liver cirrhosis, or any other concerns about taking this product.

Can Advil be used to treat inflammation or swelling?

No. The OTC dose in found in Advil® products does not treat inflammation. However, Advil® does relieve the pain associated with inflammation.

Is Advil® an antihistamine?

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.

Why does it say Caplets and Tablets on my fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated Caplets package?

Caplets and tablets describe the dosage form. Tablets are round and “caplets” is short hand for capsule-shaped. The FDA considers “caplet” to be a type of tablet.

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