Frequently Asked Questions

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Find answers to your questions about Ibuprofen and Coronavirus/Covid-19.

Find answers to your questions about Advil® products.

Find answers to your questions about Advil® dosage.

Find out about the symptoms, and types of pain you can treat with Advil®.

Discover the differences between Advil® and other medications.

Learn more about the active pain relieving ingredient that Advil® contains.

Find directions about how to take Advil®.

Get answers to your questions about Advil® safety.

Learn about the potential side effects of taking Advil®.

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.

Should I be concerned about the amount of sodium in fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated?

The levels of sodium in fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated tablets are not high enough to require label warnings – each fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablet contains 22 mg of sodium. Even if the maximum daily dose is taken (6 tablets), the total amount of sodium ingested is only 132 mg. Per the FDA*, the recommended daily value for sodium is less than 2,400 mg per day, although some people may need less due to health concerns. Speak with your doctor about your sodium intake.

*“Sodium in Your Diet: Use the Nutrition Facts Label and Reduce Your Intake” retrieved from FDA.gov.

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.

Can I take Advil® if I’m taking opioid medication?

It's best to talk to your doctor about combining Advil® with opioids since there's possibility for drug interaction.

It’s important to know that studies show that taking ibuprofen (Advil®) can reduce the amount of opioids needed for pain relief, and in some cases they’re even prescribed together.

Should I stop taking ibuprofen/Advil?

People should speak with their healthcare providers if they have any questions about the best treatment for their unique individual needs when seeking to prevent or manage symptoms or conditions.

Consumer safety is our number one priority. Ibuprofen is a well-established medicine that has been used safely for many years as a fever and pain reducer. Our ibuprofen products are effectively used by millions of consumers across 40 markets and have been available as over-the-counter medicines for more than 35 years. All medicines are strictly regulated to ensure they comply with local healthcare authority requirements.

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