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.

Does Advil® contain sodium?

Fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated contains ibuprofen sodium-a salt form of ibuprofen that dissolves differently from standard ibuprofen. However, each 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 are the best options for over the counter pain relief?

You have a lot of over-the-counter options when it comes to pain relief, which can be overwhelming. Your best option may depend on your specific pain needs and the advice of your doctor.

However, it’s important to know the difference between Advil® and other pain relievers. The pain ingredient in Advil® is ibuprofen, which is part of a class of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (also known as NSAIDs). When you take Advil® you get relief right at the site of pain. Wherever it is, Advil® stops pain right where it starts.

The makers of Advil® do not produce store brand ibuprofen pain medicine.

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

Advil® Liqui-Gels® have a liquid form of ibuprofen inside, while fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets are a solid form of ibuprofen sodium (a salt form of ibuprofen).

Both get absorbed by the body quickly (the first because they’re liquid and the second because they’re a salt form), so both products are designed for fast absorption and fast relief.

How much Advil® should I take?

For adults and children 12 years old and over, take one 200mg tablet, caplet, or Liqui-Gel every 4 to 6 hours while symptoms persist. If your pain or fever doesn’t respond to one pill, two tablets, caplets or Liqui-Gels® may be used. DO NOT take more than 6 tablets, caplets or Liqui-Gels® (1200mg in total) in a 24-hour period, unless directed by a doctor and do not use for more than 10 days. For children under 12, contact your pediatrician.

Will this product interact with my prescription medication?

If you have any condition that requires a prescription medication, talk with your doctor or pharmacist about using Advil®, or any other pain reliever.

Can Advil® be taken with nutritional supplements?

While Advil® can be taken with nutritional supplements, it’s recommended that you talk about any risks with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Advil® with nutritional supplements.

Why do Advil® tablets taste sweet?

The coating of Advil® tablets contain a small amount of sugar, which gives them a sweet taste.

What type of closure is on the bottle? Is it child-resistant?

Advil® products are available with child-resistant caps. For those who may suffer from joint pain, Advil® Tablets and Advil® Liqui-Gels® are also available with a non-child resistant, Easy Open Arthritis Cap. Since it is easier to open, make sure to keep the Easy Open Arthritis Cap products out of reach from children.

Is the fast-acting Advil® Film-Coated Tablets sugar-coated like regular Advil®?

Fast acting Advil® is Film-Coated, not sugar-coated like Advil® but the coating has a similar sweet taste.

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