Frequently Asked Questions

Choose from the topics below to learn more about what’s important to you.

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.

Where can I find information about other Advil® products?

In addition to the pain relieving power of Advil® there are a variety of other Advil® products that provide relief. We’ve included links to more information for those products below:

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.

Can I take Advil® if I have an ulcer condition?

We do not recommend taking Advil® if you have an ulcer because of the increased risk of severe stomach bleeding. Please consult your doctor for appropriate advice before taking Advil® if you have an ulcer.

What effect will Advil® have on the kidneys?

When taken as directed, adverse effects of Advil® on the kidneys are not common. However, higher doses can produce adverse effects on the kidneys. Consult your doctor before taking Advil® if you are taking a diuretic, have kidney disease or have any other concerns.

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 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.

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