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.

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

Advil® Liqui-Gels® are solubilized ibuprofen inside a gelatin capsule (gel cap). Fast acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets are a solid form of ibuprofen sodium. Both are designed for fast absorption and fast relief, so your decision on which to use is based on your preference.

What is the Advil® Easy-Open Arthritis Cap?

The powerful pain relief of Advil® tablets and Advil® Liqui-Gels® comes in an easy-to-open bottle. 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.

Does Advil® expire? And is it safe to take expired Advil®?

We do not recommend that Advil® be used after the expiration date. All of our products are assigned an expiration date, which is based upon extensive stability studies. Advil® is effective until the last day of the month noted on the package. There is no evidence to indicate that the ingredients in the product would be harmful if consumed beyond the expiration date. You may not, however, be receiving the amount of each ingredient listed on the label. The potency of the ingredients slowly diminishes over an extended period of time, and the expiration date is determined by the least stable ingredient in the product. To learn more about disposing of expired medication, check our Safety & Storage page.

Could I have an allergic reaction to Advil®?

Advil®/Ibuprofen may cause a severe allergic reaction, especially in people allergic to aspirin. Symptoms may include:

  • hives
  • facial swelling
  • asthma (wheezing)
  • shock
  • skin reddening
  • rash
  • blisters

If an allergic reaction occurs, stop use and seek medical help right away.

What’s the difference between Advil® and aspirin?

Do not use Advil® and aspirin together. The pain reliever in Advil® is ibuprofen, while aspirin itself is a pain reliever. Talk to your doctor about which pain reliever is right for you.

What do Advil® Liqui-Gels® look like?

Advil® Liqui-Gels® are green, oblong liquid-filled capsules and have the Advil® logo on them.

What are Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis?

Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis provide the same amount of ibuprofen (200mg ibuprofen), as Advil® Liqui-Gels®, in a 33% smaller capsule. Learn more about Advil® Liqui-Gels® minis.

Can I take Advil® every day?

Advil® should be taken as directed on the label. Stop taking Advil® and talk to your doctor if your pain gets worse or last for more than 10 days, or if your fever gets worse or lasts for more than 3 days.

What are the long-term effects of taking Advil®?

Advil® has been effectively relieving pain for over 30 years. However, Advil® is only indicated for short-term use. You should talk to your doctor if your pain gets worse or last for more than 10 days, or if your fever gets worse or lasts for more than 3 days.

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