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.

What is Advil® Migraine?

The active ingredient in Advil® Migraine is solubilized ibuprofen equal to 200mg ibuprofen. Since it’s solubilized, the pain reliever is in liquid form, and the liquid form is absorbed quickly by your body. As you know, treating a migraine fast is just as important as treating it effectively.

Advil® Migraine is clinically proven to relieve migraine pain and related symptoms, like nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. It’s also the only FDA-approved OTC migraine medicine in a liquid-filled capsule — so you can get the relief you need fast. Control your migraines before they control you.

Can I take Advil® if I am pregnant or nursing a baby?

If you are pregnant or nursing a baby, you should talk to your doctor before using Advil®. If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use. It is especially important not to use ibuprofen during the last 3 months of pregnancy unless definitely directed to do so by a doctor because it may cause problems in the unborn child or complications during delivery.

Does Advil® cause ulcers?

While ibuprofen may cause ulcers, they’re usually the result of higher prescription doses or when administered for long periods of time. Studies have proven that when used as directed, Advil® is safe and effective.

If you have a history of stomach problems, such as heartburn, consult your doctor before using Advil®.

Does Advil® help you sleep?

For sleeplessness associated with pain, check out Advil® PM.

Is there an Extra-Strength Advil® or an Advil® patch?

No. Talk to your doctor about the best pain reliever to treat your specific pain symptoms.

What do Advil® Migraine capsules look like?

Advil® Migraine tablets are orange, oblong liquid filled capsules and have the Advil® logo on them.

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.

Can I take alcohol with Advil®?

We do not recommend that you take alcohol with Advil®. This product contains an NSAID, which may cause severe stomach bleeding. The chance is higher if you have 3 or more alcoholic drinks every day while using this product.

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.

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